Wärtsilä has signed an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Central Termica de Ressano Garcia, owned by Sasol New Energy and Mozambique state utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). The three year agreement covers the gas-fired Central Termica de Ressano Garcia plant (CTRG), which will be powered by a total of 18 Wärtsilä 34SG engines.
Upon completion, CTRG will be the largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines in Mozambique and the second largest in Africa. Natural gas will be fed to the plant from the Pande and Temane gas fields. The facility is scheduled for completion by May 2014, and the electricity produced sold to EDM.
“Our extensive experience and deep know-how in the O&M field, in combination with the efficiency and reliability of the Wärtsilä equipment, will be of great value in ensuring the success of this important project. The Central Termica de Ressano Garcia gas engine power plant is designed with high operating efficiency, low generating costs, and a minimal carbon footprint in mind. These are all areas where Wärtsilä excels. Wärtsilä’s presence in southern Africa is becoming increasingly significant, and is likely to strengthen further as the use of natural gas fuel continues to be developed,” says A.P.Singh, General Manager, Wärtsilä Solutions Support Services, South Europe & Africa.
By taking responsibility for operating and maintaining this power plant, Wärtsilä will implement its global best practices to ensure that it delivers the design output with maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact. Local employees of CTRG will also be trained as part of this agreement.