Wartsila will supply a 100MW dual-fuel plant to Albares Renovables in Argentina.
The turn-key order includes six Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines running on gas and heavy fuel oil. The order is one of five contracts that Wärtsilä was recently awarded in Argentina. These orders were announced in a stock exchange release in July.
Wärtsilä’s scope of supply for the project with Albares Renovables has, after negotiations, been extended from equipment delivery only to a full turn-key project. The value of the order is now estimated to be EUR 72 million. The plant is expected to be delivered in early 2017 and operational in August the same year.
Natural gas is not available for the power market in Argentina all year round. Therefore, Wärtsilä’s high efficiency dual-fuel technology was chosen to enable the power plant to run on heavy fuel oil for part of the year. When installed, the Central Termica Pilar Power Plant will also recover all the heat that is produced from the plant and make it available to nearby companies, thereby improving their competitiveness.
“We selected the Wärtsilä technology at an early stage of the process because of their dual-fuel experience and Wärtsilä’s good reputation,” says Enrique Madrid, Technical Director at Albares Renovables.
He adds that it is a privilege to work together with Wärtsilä as they can provide world-class technology and an experienced team.
“We are very pleased to cooperate with Albares Renovables on this project and contribute to strengthening the national grid in Argentina,” says Kent Westergård, Sales Director at Wärtsilä in America.