Wärtsilä inaugurates new electrical & automation test centre in Norway

Wärtsilä Corporation
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10 April 2014 at 12:00 PM E. Europe Standard Time

Wärtsilä inaugurated its new electrical & automation test centre in Stord, Norway on 9 April. The new facility is one of the largest test centres in Europe dedicated specifically to electrical and automation systems for marine and offshore applications. The facilities were inaugurated by Wärtsilä’s President & CEO Björn Rosengren together with Liv Kari Eskeland, the Mayor of Stord.

Wärtsilä works continuously to develop solutions that meet both current and future demands for efficiency and reduced costs. Wärtsilä’s Electrical and Automation business line has a long history in pioneering and developing sustainable and environmentally sound solutions for marine customers. With the new testing and training facilities in Stord, Wärtsilä can carry out full-scale testing and verification of existing and new electrical & automation solutions. The centre will also help further enhance Wärtsilä’s position as a front runner in product and application development in this field.

On the day of the inauguration, a customer conference was held to discuss sustainable shipping and offshore operations. Among the speakers was Mr Tord Lien, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, who in his speech gave his government’s perspective on future maritime and offshore operations.

Wärtsilä in Norway

Norway is one of the world’s leading maritime nations and the Norwegian offshore fleet is the world’s second largest and most modern. Wärtsilä’s primary activities in Norway are R&D of electrical & automation systems and controllable pitch propellers, project management, engineering, manufacturing, and sales for Ship Power solutions – including Ship Design - to customers all over the world. The main markets are the marine and oil & gas industries. Wärtsilä in Norway also delivers a range of environmental and liquid cargo solutions for the marine, oil & gas, and industrial sectors. The number of Wärtsilä employees in Norway is currently 1150.

Photos:
Image 1: Director Engineering, Electrical & Automation in Wärtsilä Ship Power, Jakob Bjelland gives conference participants a tour of Wärtsilä’s new test centre for electrical & automation. Here in front of the two electrical motors that is connected to the company’s newly developed Medium Voltage Drive.
Image 2: Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Andre Lien, spoke about the Government perspective on future maritime and offshore operations during Wärtsilä’s customer conference in Stord, Norway.

For more information, please contact:

Juhani Hupli
Vice President, Electrical & Automation
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Mobile: +47 40924566
juhani.hupli@wartsila.com 

About Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2013, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
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Image below: Director Engineering, Electrical & Automation in Wärtsilä Ship Power, Jakob Bjelland gives conference participants a tour of Wärtsilä’s new test centre for electrical & automation. Here in front of the two electrical motors that is connected to the company’s newly developed Medium Voltage Drive.