Source: Wartsila Corporation
A consortium headed by Wartsila has been awarded a turnkey contract to build a 573 MW tri-fuel power plant in Jordan. When completed, it will be the world's largest tri-fuel power plant capable of utilizing natural gas, heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil as its main fuels.
Initially, the plant will operate on heavy fuel oil, but the fuel flexibility of Wartsila's engine technology will enable a seamless transfer to environmentally sustainable natural gas operation once the infrastructure for a natural gas supply is in place. Furthermore, when in operation, the Wartsila technology ensures that the plant's use of water will be close to zero, which adds to its environmental sustainability. The overall contract is valued at USD 552 million, of which Wartsila's share is USD 334 million.
A power plant of this size using Wartsila combustion engines is a landmark power generation installation. It represents recognition of the superior efficiency possible with Wartsila's technology. Furthermore, the tri-fuel capability provides unmatched flexibility, and ensures that Jordan will have a safe and reliable energy supply. When the gas infrastructure is in place, the plant will switch to natural gas and its environmental footprint will be minimized.
Wartsila's consortium partner is South Korean based Lotte Engineering & Construction, a major player in the Asian construction industry. The order has been placed by Amman Asia Electric Power, a special purpose independent power producer, in which Wartsila has a minority interest. The other owners of the company are Korea Electric Power Corporation of South Korea (KEPCO) and Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan. The project company will supply electricity to the National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) under a recently signed 25 year power purchase agreement. The electricity will be fed to the Jordanian national grid.
Wartsila's technology powering the plant
The plant will be powered by a total of 38 Wartsila 50DF multi-fuel engines, which in reference conditions produce 632 MW of electricity. Even in the most extreme ambient conditions in Jordan, the power plant will produce a firm constant capacity of 573 MW. The plant will be fitted with a NOx (nitrogen oxide) control system for emissions abatement. This is in line with the Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines set forth by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, which have been adopted by Jordan's Ministry of the Environment.
"KEPCO has worked together with Wartsila and Mitsubishi in an outstanding cooperation to ensure this project is a success. As the leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, Wartsila suggested this efficient multi-fuel combustion engine technology solution to meet the requirements of the proposal, which was the critical success factor in the bid. We also trust Wartsila to professionally and competently lead the EPC consortium for the successful completion of this major and important project," states Mr Young Jin Bae, Chief Executive Officer of Amman Asia Electric Power Company.
"This is a landmark order for many reasons," says Vesa Riihimaki, Group Vice President, Wartsila Power Plants. "The fact that a power plant of this size will utilize Wartsila combustion engines demonstrates how the superior efficiency and flexibility of the technology are being recognized on the markets. Furthermore, the tri-fuel capability provides unmatched flexibility, and ensures that Jordan will have a safe, affordable and reliable energy supply. When the gas infrastructure is in place, the plant will switch to natural gas and its environmental footprint will be minimised. Finally, our ability to deliver such a large power plant on a really fast-track schedule was yet another reason for choosing Wartsila."
The power plant is to be located in Al Manakher, some 30 km outside Amman. The complete power facility will be delivered in three phases. The first phase is scheduled to be in commercial operation in February 2014, with the entire plant being operable by September of that same year.
This will be the second power plant that Wartsila has delivered to Jordan. A 50 MW plant is already in use and is being operated and maintained by Wartsila personnel under an Operations & Maintenance agreement. Globally, Wartsila has delivered 4,600 power plants in 169 countries with a total generating capacity of close to 49 GW.