Wartsila delivers natural gas plant to Alaska utility

Power plant services provider Wärtsilä signed a technical management agreement with member-owned co-operative utility, Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) in the state of Alaska.

The agreement, signed in December 2014, will support the operation and maintenance of the Eklutna Generation Station, located in Eklutna, Alaska, about 20 miles northeast of Anchorage.

MEA’s power plant is equipped with ten 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines that will run on natural gas. The five-year technical management agreement provides support for the condition based monitoring services, remote troubleshooting, spare parts, technical labor, and computer maintenance management for the power plant.

The agreement is customized to meet MEA’s requirement for a flexible solution to assist with maintenance of the new plant and will offer advanced diagnostics and condition monitoring of the Eklutna Power Station.

The Eklutna Generation Station will be used to serve MEA’s local service area and address broader regional needs through MEA’s roughly 4,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines, while meeting the State of Alaska air quality permits specific to this project.

The plant will provide intermediate load following electricity generation, meaning that during periods of low demand such as at night, the load will be reduced and individual units can be shut down. The generation station is scheduled to go into commercial operation in 2015.

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