Wärtsilä wins USD 4 million project in Alaska

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 1 February 2005 at 14:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation has signed a USD 4 million contract to deliver two generating sets to a new power plant for the Nome Joint Utility System in Nome, Alaska. The city is located in northwestern Alaska, on the Seward Peninsula facing the Bering Sea.

Since temperatures in Nome during the winter can reach 50 degrees below zero, reliability was a key factor in the contract award. The current power plant will be replaced with two Wärtsilä 12V32 generating sets with a combined output of 10.4 MW. The new Snake River plant will run on light fuel oil and is expected to be commissioned in late 2005. It will be the sole source of power for Nome’s estimated 4000 residents.  Nome is the commercial hub of northwestern Alaska, as well as the site for the finish of the 1049-mile (1688 km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage each March.

“We undertook a comprehensive evaluation of several vendors and Wärtsilä scored high marks for its reliability, fuel economy, low emissions and service capability,” said John Handeland, General Manager for Nome Joint Utility System.  “Wärtsilä also will provide valuable assistance with plant design and engineering to ensure the project’s success.”

“Wärtsilä has completed some very successful projects in Alaska, and was recently selected to supply generating sets for the City of Unalaska in Dutch Harbor. We are very pleased to add Nome to our customer base,” said Frank Donnelly, Vice President, Power Plants for Wärtsilä North America.  “We are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services so that electricity providers may offer increased reliability for their customers, while maintaining low emissions to protect the environment in this region.”

For more information on Wärtsilä, please visit the website at www.wartsila.com or contact:

Yvonne Rönn
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Finland Oy
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: yvonne.ronn@wartsila.com

John Goss Ceejay
International Limited
Tel: +852 2310 1368
Fax: +852 2609 1351
e-mail: john@ceejay.com.hk