Wartsila has won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract from Ta-Yuan Cogen to carry out the conversion of its Taiwanese power plant from its current reliance on heavy fuel oil (HFO) to operate on natural gas.
Wartsila, as part of the EPC deal, will deploy three Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines providing a power output of 32 MW and remove Wartsila 46 engines which were originally equipped in 1998 at the cogeneration plant located in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
The conversion will improve the efficiency of the plant, provide the flexibility to allow participation in the ancillary service market, notably improve environmental sustainability by reducing emissions, and support grid balancing as energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, is added.
“Our company is committed to promoting cogeneration, improving energy efficiency to ease pressure on the domestic power supply, and to save environment. By converting this plant to operate on gas instead of HFO, we are endorsing this commitment,” said Jeff Chang, president of Ta-Yuan Congen.
“The goal for Taiwan’s power utilities is to have 20 percent of their energy from renewables by 2025. This will affect the stability of the grid, and efficient balancing to offset the inherent fluctuations in supply is essential,” said Nicolas Leong, director, North & South East Asia, Wartsila Energy.
The project is scheduled to commence in autumn 2021 and is expected to be fully completed in early 2022.