Wärtsilä said it has been awarded a contract to supply the engineering and generating equipment for a new power plant to be installed in Alaska. The order has been placed by Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), a member-owned co-operative utility. The value of the order is $106 million.
The scope of supply includes 10 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel generating sets that will be operated primarily on natural gas. In case of interruption to the gas supply, the Wärtsilä dual-fuel technology enables the engines to switch while operating to an alternative fuel, in this case light fuel oil. Wärtsilä will also supply specified auxiliary equipment.
The electricity produced will add power to the local grid and to MEA's roughly 4,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines.
The power plant will be utilized to provide intermediate load following electricity generation. During periods of low demand such as at night, the load will be reduced and individual units can be shut down.
Delivery is scheduled during the fall of 2013, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.
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