Helsinki, October 13, 2011 — Wartsila won an order for a power plant to be installed in Turkey. The contract has been placed by Yesilyurt Enerji Elektrik Uretim A.S., an independent power producer.
The power plant will supply electricity for the company's steel mill in Samsun, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. Any surplus energy generated by the plant, will be sold to the national grid.
Wartsila is a supplier of electrical generating capacity to Turkey with more than 3 GW of output either in operation or awaiting installation. About 85 percent of these plants are running on natural gas.
The intermediate load power plant is expected to be running for more than 6,000 hours per year, and will feature eight 18-cylinder Wartsila 50SG engines running on natural gas.
The output will be more than 145 MW. However, together with a steam turbine in combined cycle operation, the output will reach 160 MW at full load. The plant is scheduled to be operational by October 2012. The order is included in Wartsila's third quarter order book.
The 18-cylinder Wartsila 50SG spark-ignited gas engine reaches a net efficiency rating of more than 50 percent in combined cycle mode. The engine was introduced in the latter part of 2010, and the very first installation was also in Turkey.
Samsun lies on Turkey's Black Sea coast and is an area where environmental conservation is considered to be of prime importance. For this reason, an Environmental Impact Assessment 'A' category certificate was required before the power plant project could be approved. The Wartsila 50SG gas engines, which feature very low levels of nitrogen oxide emissions, fulfilled all the requirements of this 'A' category certification.