The power plant will supply power to the whole island, which is currently undergoing frequent blackouts because of the lack of a reliable power supply
Finland-based power sources manufactures and services provider, Wärtsilä has secured a contract to deliver engineering and equipment (EEQ) to a 23MW power plant in island of Bantayan.
The order was placed by Isla Norte Energy, which is owned by Gigawatt Power and Vivant Energy.
Located in Cebu in the Visayas Region of the Philippines, the power plant will supply power to the whole island, which is currently undergoing frequent blackouts because of the lack of a reliable power supply.
Isla Norte Energy will construct and operate the new plant.
Wärtsilä said that the project is a part of a 15-year power supply agreement between Vivant Energy and the Bantayan Electric.
Wärtsilä has scheduled to deliver the equipment in autumn 2020
The island of Bantayan, with a population of around 79,000, is said to have a considerable potential for both business and tourism development and a reliable, efficient electricity supply is essential if this potential is to be realised.
Vivant Energy chief operating officer Emil Andre Garcia said: “The new power plant is an essential element for a secure economic future for Bantayan island.
“We are, at the same time, actively seeking to deliver electricity to small islands throughout the region, and a capable, reliable partner with a strong local presence, such as Wärtsilä, is needed for this.”
The power plant will be operated using two 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32, and three 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines.
Wärtsilä has planned to deliver the equipment in autumn 2020, and the facility is predicted to become fully operational in the first quarter of 2021.
Wärtsilä Energy Business Middle East and Asia vice president Frederic Carron said: The Wärtsilä solution features the latest technology with high efficiency engines, and it will certainly add reliability to the local supply system and another addition to the growing installed base in the off grid areas in the Philippines.”