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On this page, we offer our best equipment and services to help in the decarbonisation of the Americas.
Special guests Wärtsilä CEO Håkan Agnevall, and President, Wärtsilä Energy & EVP Wärtsilä Sushil Purohit.
With 3.3GW of Wärtsilä installed based in up to 98% of Caribbean Islands, we are no stranger to our market. Our customer base includes utilities, independent power producers focused on tourism market, and other industries. Our company’s global vision resonates in our Caribbean market as we all strive to walk the path towards 100% renewables in a reliable and cost efficient manner. Our solutions prove to be future-proof and flexible to balance the energy systems for our market, driven by an energy increasing demand to cope with the ever growing tourism industry and economic development of the Islands.
In the Caribbean, we see ourselves as more than business partners, as we have worked hand in hand with CARILEC (Caribbean Utilities Association) through many years of support to our Islands facing hurricanes on a yearly basis. Working with CARILEC brings us together as Islanders to find solutions to our unique situations, and to share best practices and business solutions.
On this series of interviews, we interconnect our high level messaging of renewables integration and future fuels, to our Caribbean market development. The dialogue is moderated by Edmund Phillips, Business Development Manager, and co-hosted by Rodney George, Senior Business Development Manager.
Meet Wärtsilä's new President & CEO Håkan Agnevall, his vision for Caribbean with President, Wärtsilä Energy & EVP Wärtsilä Sushil Purohit.
Drivers for high renewables penetration, emergence of future fuels.
Deep dive into Caribbean, role of flexible generation for balanced grid.
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The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant to the Caribbean Island of Antigua. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order was placed by Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL), an independent power producer. The order was entered into Wärtsilä’s order book in January 2022. The plant will operate primarily on regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The project combines a power plant and an LNG gas terminal, storage and regasification facility. APCL won the bid for this project on an international tender held by the tender board of Antigua and Barbuda on behalf of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA). The LNG gas terminal project is being developed by U.S.-based Eagle LNG in equal partnership with APCL, with APUA as the gas purchaser. The project involves installation of a small-scale LNG storage and regasification terminal which will supply the fuel for the new power plant.
The island of Antigua and Barbuda has taken the lead in utilising environmentally sustainable fuel for power generation, and this will be the first project of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean region where an LNG terminal will be coupled to a Wärtsilä power plant. This integrative plant concept is expected to become a model for other island utilities in the Caribbean as the acceptance of LNG fuel increases in line with efforts to reduce emission levels. Wärtsilä has an installed base of power plants in the region with a combined capacity of more than 3300 MW
“There is a need to provide additional generating capacity along with the island’s growth in demand for electricity. At the same time, some of the existing power production facilities would soon need to be replaced due to age and the increased focus on more environmentally sustainable systems. Having had good experience with Wärtsilä in the past, we see their dual-fuel power plant solution as the best answer to the island’s green energy plan and its current and future energy requirements,” explained Mr Aziz Hadeed, head of the Hadeed Group of Companies, the parent company of APCL.
Jon Rodriguez, Director, Power Plants, North America, Wärtsilä Energy responded by saying: “The integration of this new power plant with an LNG terminal is a clear demonstration of Wärtsilä bringing its technological know-how and experience to assist its customers in making use of more environmentally sustainable fuels. We have earlier carried out four successful projects with APCL and we are delighted to have again been selected for this important project. I believe it comes as an endorsement of both the Wärtsilä technology and the sales support capabilities we have throughout the Caribbean.”
The plant will operate with five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines capable of operating with both gas and light fuel oil. This flexibility is combined with high efficiency across the entire load range. The fast-starting capability means that the engines can reach full power within five minutes, enabling them to provide efficient grid balancing capacity as the adoption of renewable energy from wind and solar increases. Notably, these engines could be an ideal platform for future decarbonisation strategies by making use of carbon free fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia.
The plant is expected to become operational in Q3, 2023. It will supply electricity to APUA for distribution to the national grid. The decision to use regasified LNG, the cleanest of all fossil fuels will result in about 40% less carbon production and is in step with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and APUA’s plan to reduce its environmental footprint.
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Image 1 caption: Mr Francis Hadeed, Director, APCL (on the right) and Rodney George, VP Caribbean, Wärtsilä Energy, signed EPC agreement for a 46 MW power plant delivery to Antigua in November 2021. © Courtesy of APCL
Image 2 caption: Wärtsilä will supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant to the Caribbean Island of Antigua. The plant will operate with five Wärtsilä 34DF engines. © Wärtsilä Corporation
Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonisation by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.