Wartsila wins deal to upgrade Kribi power plant in Cameroon

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Technology group Wartsila said it will upgrade the electrical and automation systems for the Kribi power plant in Cameroon.

The 216 MW plant has been operating with 13 Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on natural gas. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest gas engine power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wartsila will also support the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service agreement. The Kribi power plant is supplying two-thirds of the thermal energy in Cameroon.

“Wartsila has a strong regional presence, which enables us to provide technical support that optimizes engine performance and maximizes the production capabilities of this power plant. We are also in a position to ensure the availability of critical spare parts,” said Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wartsila Energy.

The project is scheduled to commence in 2023. The work will be carried out on one engine at a time to ensure the continuity of the plant’s output. The service agreement includes remote operational support, maintenance planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting services, as well as spare parts.

Wartsila has supplied 550 MW of generating capacity in Cameroon, and 7.5 GW in Africa, of which more than 25 percent are covered by Wartsila service agreements.