An 85 MW Wärtsilä baseload power plant is operating on the Eden-Yuturi oil field development site in Eastern Ecuador. The plant is owned and operated by Petroamazonas EP and located in the Ecuador Oriente jungle at the Napo river.
Power was needed for both the drilling sites, the production wells, the central processing facility and for the export pipeline boosting pumps for the 70,000 bpd field.
Today the Wärtsilä power plant supplies 85 MW of reliable power to these facilities via a medium voltage 13.8 kV grid. The power plant was built in five phases. Phase 1 was delivered 2002 and comprised four Wärtsilä 18V32LN generating sets running on crude oil. Phase 2 was delivered 2004 and comprised three Wärtsilä 18V34SG generating sets running on associated gas coming from the CPF. Phases 3, 4 and 5, delivered in 2007, 2008 and 2012, added six more Wärtsilä 18V32 generating sets running on crude oil.
In June 2010, Wärtsilä was awarded the contract to convert the first four Wärtsilä engines into Wärtsilä 18V32GD, gas-diesel engines, utilising associated gas as the main fuel, with crude oil as the pilot and back-up fuel. The aim of the conversion was to mitigate the plant’s environmental impact and to take advantage of the available associated gas for power production. Wärtsilä was co-developing the project under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to enable the project to access carbon financing. Wärtsilä was also awarded a two-year Operations Advisory and Maintenance contract.