Wartsila wins $26m Argentina gas plant deal

Finnish company Wartsila has won a $26m contract to supply a 40 MW gas-fired power plant in Argentina.

The Mendoza plant will run on Wartsila’s 34SG natural gas engines and is the seventh project the company has secured in Argentina in the past year.

"This power plant will increase the electrification ratio in the region and will add reliability to the existing system,” said Luiz Felipe Carvalho, Wartsila’s business development manager.

Argentina is suffering from energy shortages and the government is attracting private investments in order to increase capacity and efficiency.

Wartsila will build the plant for Methax, a special-purpose company awarded the Mendoza project in a tender issued by CAMMESA, Argentina’s national grid system operator on behalf of the Ministry of Energy.

The Ministry aims to develop and strengthen the national grid in order to supply the population and industry with reliable power.

The fuel for the plant will initially be flaring gas from the Malargüe region. The gas will be liquefied and then transported by road to the plant site, where it will be regasified. 

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