Powering the world

Port Westward Unit 2

Oregon, USA

224 MW

“This flexibility allows us to adjust quickly when wind and solar energy rise and fall with natural variability.”
- Rick Tetzloff, Project Manager, Portland General Electric

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Seasonal demand variation

Variability of wind and solar power

Use of internal combustion engines, a new technology within PGE


Wärtsilä’s 50SG engines provide peaking power without efficiency loss

Wärtsilä’s internal combustion engine with fast-start and excellent ramp rates

Vast experience in detailed engineering and support in training about the solution


PGE’s ability to fulfill customers’ demand for electric power (no shortages) at optimal cost

Operational flexibility & cost savings

Quicker start of commercial operations and revenue generation

Portland General Electric Company (PGE) is an investor-owned utility (IOU) located in the Pacific Northwest, which provides electric service to industrial, commercial and residential customers in Portland, Oregon, and surrounding communities. Today, PGE serves more than 800,000 customers within their 4000-square-mile service territory comprising 52 Oregon cities. In 2009, PGE submitted an Integrated Resource Plan to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) which stated the need for approximately 200 MW of flexible peaking capacity.

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Main data

   Customer   Portland General Electric (Utility) 
   Type   Wärtsilä 50SG gas power plant
   Operating mode   Peak load/stand-by & emergency
   Gensets   12 x Wärtsilä 18V50SG
   Total output   224 MW
   Fuel   Natural gas
   Scope   Engineering & equipment (EEQ)
   Delivered   2014

Related downloads

Read the Port Westward success story in this brochure.

A brief guide to the technical features and performance of the Wärtsilä 50SG engine.

Find in-depth info about our gas and multi-fuel power plant solutions in this brochure.

Contact info

If you want to know more about the Port Westward project, please contact

John Robbins
Business Development Manager, Us, Canada & Caribbean
Wärtsilä Power Plants
+1 (503) 432-8335

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