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Paras Energy - Flexible, efficient and reliable electricity for the Nigeria grid

Nigeria
Wärtsilä gas power plant with an Optimised maintenance agreement

Since deciding in 2009 that its three new power plants would operate with Wärtsilä gas engines rather than gas turbines, the conventional choice at that time in Nigeria, Paras Energy has continued to benefit from that decision. As the company’s success gathers momentum, a new Wärtsilä Optimized maintenance agreement has been specifically tailored to support these growth ambitions.

We have developed a strong spirit of mutual respect and trust with Wärtsilä. This partnership has been a real factor in our success as a power provider to the Nigerian grid. We made the right choice in selecting the Wärtsilä 34SG engines, but the real value comes from the relationship with Wärtsilä, and in understanding and supporting each other.
Yashwant Kumar, Managing Director, Paras Energy & Natural Resources Ltd
THE CHALLENGE
To have a dedicated, independent, power supply capable of supplying the company’s steel production needs, and handling load fluctuations from the steel melting shops’ induction furnaces.
To continue growth as a power provider while ensuring that all maintenance needs of the company’s three power plants are professionally handled
WÄRTSILÄ'S SOLUTION
To supply the plants with Wärtsilä 34SG gas-fuelled engines, featuring high levels of flexibility and reliability.
A long-term Optimised maintenance agreement, tailored to meet the specific needs and demands of the customer.
BENEFIT
Efficient, reliable, generating capacity leading to the customer becoming an important supplier of electricity to Nigeria’s national grid. 
Ensured plant availability, performance reliability, and cost predictability.

Main data

Customer
Paras Energy
Type

Wärtsilä 34 SG based power plant

Operating mode
Flexible baseload
Gensets
14 x Wärtsilä 34 SG medium-speed gas engines
Total output
 132 MW
Fuel
Natural gas
Scope
 Engineered Equipment Delivery (EEQ)
Lifecycle solution
A 5-year optimised maintenance agreement (2021)
Delivery
In operation since 2009


Paras Energy is a 100 percent privately-owned independent Nigerian energy provider connected to the country’s national grid. This, however, has not always been the case. Until 2008-9, Paras was a steel producer with plans to install its own dedicated power generating plants in order to become self-sufficient for its energy needs.
The national grid at the time was not particularly stable, and interruptions to the electricity supply were affecting production.

It was then that discussions with Wärtsilä began.

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