Helsinki, March 13, 2012 — Wartsila, a global supplier of power plant solutions, won a contract to supply the engineering and generating equipment for a new power plant to be installed in Alaska.
The order was placed by Matanuska Electric Association, a Palmer, Alaska based member-owned co-operative utility. The value of the order is $106 million.
The electricity produced will add power to the local grid and to MEA’s roughly 4,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines.
The Wartsila dual-fuel technology enables the engines to switch smoothly while operating to an alternative fuel. Another important factor in the award of this contract was that the Wartsila generating sets meet the state of Alaska air quality permits specific to this project. The plant provides the reliability, efficiency and environmental sustainability demanded by the customer.
The scope of supply includes ten 18-cylinder Wartsila 50DF (V configuration) dual-fuel generating sets that will be operated primarily on natural gas. However, in case of interruption to the gas supply, the advanced Wartsila dual-fuel technology enables the engines to switch smoothly while operating to an alternative fuel, in this case light fuel oil.
An important factor in the award of this contract was that the Wartsila generating sets meet the State of Alaska air quality permits specific to this project. The flexibility of the equipment in its ability to maintain high efficiency output during wide daily and seasonal swings in load, was another key consideration in MEA’s decision to choose the Wartsila engines.
The power plant will be utilized to 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.
Delivery is scheduled during the autumn of 2013, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.