Wärtsilä Corporation Press release 19 January 2005
Wärtsilä has been contracted to convert an oil-fired power plant in Lahore, Pakistan, for operation on both liquid fuel and natural gas. The customer is Century Power Generation Ltd., a subsidiary of Century Paper & Board Mills Ltd supplying power to the large paper and board mill in Lahore owned by this company. The deal includes a three-year maintenance contract.
The heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant was supplied by Wärtsilä in 1996. Its conversion for dual-fuel (DF) operation will provide both economic and environmental benefits: short payback time, lower fuel costs and cleaner emissions.
Demand for gas- and dual-fuel engines is growing in Pakistan as natural gas is becoming readily available and its price is lower than for heavy fuel oil. Since gas is also a cleaner fuel, the government of Pakistan is encouraging companies to move to gas-based power generation.
Wärtsilä has delivered 36 power plants to Pakistan with a total output of 770 MW.
Further information: Eeva Kainulainen, Vice President, Corporate Communications, tel. +358 10 709 5235
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