Wartsila signs service agreements for tri-fuel power plant

Wartsila, a global supplier of power plant solutions and services, has signed two important long-term service agreements covering Amman Asia Electric Power's power plant in Al Manakher, Jordan.

The agreements comprise a 15-year parts supply agreement, as well as a 5-year technical service agreement with KEPCO Plant Service & Engineering Co., the operations and maintenance contractor for the power plant. The contract was signed in October 2012.

The facility is under construction and will have a net electrical output of 573 MW. When completed, it will be a tri-fuel power plant with combustion engines capable of using natural gas, heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil.

A consortium headed by Wartsila was awarded the turnkey contract in October 2012 to build the power plant, which will supply electricity to the Jordanian national grid.

The plant is to be powered by a total of 38 Wartsila 50DF multi-fuel engines running initially on heavy fuel oil. However, once the natural gas infrastructure is in place, the flexibility of the Wartsila engine technology will enable a seamless switch to gas fuel.

The first phase of the power plant project is expected to be operational by February 2014. The entire plant is scheduled to be in operation by September of that same year.

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