Fast-Track Power for Brazilian Textile Factory

Wartsila Corporation, Trade press release 6 September 2001 at 03:01 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade & technical press September 6, 2001

The shortage of a reliable power supply is a major problem for Brazilian industry. A major Brazilian textile company, Coteminas has decided to solve their energy problems by producing their own power for their textile factory in João Pessoa, which is close to Recife.

Coteminas, who own eleven factories in Brazil, have awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to supply a complete turnkey 5.6 MW Power Module plant which consists of two power modules, one electric module and a radiator cooling system. The Power Module features 2 x Wärtsilä 18V220SG engines and is fuelled by natural gas.

Wärtsilä will hand over the Power Module plant to Coteminas, just 105 days from receipt of the order. This fast-track delivery time includes transportation from the Mulhouse factory in France by sea to the port of Recife, Brazil and then by land to the site. The plant will be fully operational in the first week of October 2001.

The Power Modules will arrive at site pre-tested and ready to connect to the grid. The governing system allows the plant to be connected to the public grid. The interface with the grid and the factory is controlled through a state-of-the-art supervision system that includes digital monitoring features.

The Power Modules will operate in base load. Later a development of the project will include CHP to produce steam for textile bleaching and drying processes. The steam will be produced by a steam boiler that will utilise the exhaust gases from the engines.

Coteminas has urgent power needs due to the current Brazilian energy crisis. The new power plant will provide Coteminas with a reliable source of power in a region that is susceptible to blackouts. There are considerable power needs at the factory as there is a high power demand from the weaving machines and auxiliary compressor sets. Reliable power will mean less downtime and higher profitability.

For further information contact:

Wärtsilä Corporation
Maria Strand, PR & Publicity Manager
Tel: +358 10 709 1533
Fax: +358 6 3569133


Pilot Communications, UK
John Goss
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