Wärtsilä provides automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The technology group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading venture of the electrical and automation systems to make sure optimal reliability of the Kribi energy plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for practically ten years, operating with 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running totally on natural fuel. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gas engine power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä will also support the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service agreement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi energy development company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of power producing facilities throughout Africa. The order will be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has an important function within the African energy sector. It is still today supplying two-thirds of the thermal power in Cameroon. Cameroon’s power system relies closely on hydropower, however has unsure sources of water. The Kribi plant, due to this fact, performs a key position in ensuring a provide of protected, low-cost, and dependable power. For this purpose we are eager to improve the ability plant’s automation methods to the newest design to make sure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a continuous basis throughout the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which permits us to provide valuable technical assist that optimises engine performance and maximises the production capabilities of this power plant which has such a significant position in Cameroon’s energy supply. We are also ready to ensure the supply of important spare elements, and this is a vital factor within the long-term service agreement between our companies. All in all, it is a essential venture, both for the customer and for Wärtsilä,” mentioned Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The project is scheduled to start in 2023. To ensure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work will be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service agreement consists of distant operational assist, upkeep planning, technical advisory and distant troubleshooting providers, as properly as spare elements.
Minutes -term service agreements are an integral a part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle services offering. They are based on utilisation of the newest digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s intensive know-how and understanding of power technology installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether provided 550 MW of generating capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the entire of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are coated by Wärtsilä service agreements.

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