Wärtsilä provides automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The technology group Wärtsilä will carry out an upgrading project of the electrical and automation techniques to ensure optimal reliability of the Kribi energy plant in the Republic of Cameroon.
digital pressure gauge has been in operation for practically ten years, operating with 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines working primarily on natural gas. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gas engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may even support the customer’s operational and upkeep efficiency with a 10-year long-term service settlement.
The order with Wärtsilä was positioned by Kribi power improvement company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of energy generating services throughout Africa. The order shall be booked in Wärtsilä’s order consumption in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has an important role inside the African energy sector. It remains to be at present supplying two-thirds of the thermal vitality in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system depends heavily on hydropower, but has uncertain sources of water. The Kribi plant, due to this fact, plays a key position in ensuring a supply of safe, low cost, and dependable vitality. For this cause we are eager to upgrade the facility plant’s automation methods to the most recent design to make sure optimal reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady foundation inside the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which allows us to offer useful technical support that optimises engine performance and maximises the production capabilities of this power plant which has such a major role in Cameroon’s energy supply. We are additionally able to ensure the provision of critical spare elements, and this is a vital factor within the long-term service settlement between our firms. All in all, it is a very important challenge, both for the shopper and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The project is scheduled to commence in 2023. To ensure the continuity of the plant’s output, the work shall be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service agreement consists of remote operational assist, upkeep planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting companies, in addition to spare components.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle companies providing. They are based on utilisation of the newest digital applied sciences, and supported by the company’s in depth know-how and understanding of power generation installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether provided 550 MW of generating capacity to the Republic of Cameroon, and 7.5 GW to the entire of Africa, of which more than 25 per cent are lined by Wärtsilä service agreements.

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