A turnkey contract for the supply of a 40 MW power plant in Madagascar has been awarded to Wärtsilä Corp. The plant is due to be handed over to the customer, the Madagascar water and power company Jiro sy Rano Malagasy (JIRAMA), in August 2007 and will be located at Mandroseza in the capital of Antananarivo.

The new power plant will be equipped with four Wärtsilä 18V38 diesel gen sets which will burn heavy fuel oil and will be employed for base-load operation.

The project, worth approximately €30 million, is being partly financed by a 51% grant from the Dutch government while the remainder will come through a ten-year commercial loan.

In addition, Wärtsilä was awarded a contract in May this year to supply ten skid-mounted Wärtsilä 20 diesel generating sets with a combined output of 15 MW to a local investor, Enelec, for installation in three other towns.

The engines will be transported using the largest heavy-lift aircraft in the world and will require seven flights.