The technology group Wartsila, in partnership with Australia-based Clough, a provider of engineering, construction, commissioning and asset support services, has been awarded a turnkey contract to provide a 58 MW power plant to Papua New Guinea.

The plant is part of an infrastructure building programme being developed by NIUPOWER, a venture between Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited and Oil Search Power Holdings Limited. The order was booked in August 2017.

The plant will be located near Port Moresby, the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea, and will operate on six Wartsila 34SG engines running on clean burning natural gas. This will be the first ever utility scale gas engine project in Papua New Guinea, and will make a notable contribution to easing the carbon footprint of electricity generation in the country. The efficiency of the 34SG engines will also provide a reliable source of baseload power for the local grid.

“This is an important addition to the country’s power supply capabilities. The combination of Wartsila engines and Clough’s construction experience will give us a state-of-the art facility that will support our grid and, at the same time, be environmentally sustainable,” commented Michael Krause, Project Director, NIUPOWER.

“This project typifies the needs of today’s electricity generating market with high efficiency, low lifecycle costs, and environmental sustainability being the key requirements. We are proud that Wartsila has been chosen to meet these needs,” noted Sushil Purohit, Vice President, Middle East, Asia & Australia, Wartsila Energy Solutions.

Under the terms of the turnkey contract, Wartsila will provide the gas engines, generators and related auxiliaries, while Clough will be responsible for the remaining plant equipment, the installation, and the plant construction. The project is expected to be completed in late 2018.