Wärtsilä awarded O&M contract for Brazilian power plant

Wärtsilä has signed an operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement with Energética Suape II SA in Brazil. The three-year agreement, which has the option of renewal, is a fast track, cost efficient, solution for providing operation and maintenance services with a fixed price structure.

The O&M agreement is for the 380 MW Suape II power plant, which is equipped with 17 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines in V-configuration, and is the biggest plant ever built by Wärtsilä. The Wärtsilä 46F can be run on heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or on light diesel when being operated within strict coastal or port emissions areas. The Suape II plant was inaugurated at the end of December 2011. As an intermediate load plant, it will feed electricity to the national grid when fluctuations in the supply of hydro power create a need for compensatory capacity.

A Wärtsilä team will be permanently on site to operate and maintain the power plant. With this agreement, Wärtsilä's operation and maintenance agreements cover more than 1.8 GW of installed power generation capacity in Brazil.

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