Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade & technical press, Power Plants 6 September 2001
In June Wärtsilä was awarded the contract to supply equipment for the pumping stations to the new OCP (Oleoducto Crudos Pesados, Heavy Crude Oil pipeline) pipeline in Ecuador. Wärtsilä will supply equipment for 22 pumping units in total. The output of each unit is some 3.3 MW and each unit consists of one Wärtsilä 12V32LN crude oil fuelled driver-engine, a speed increasing gear-box and a centrifugal pump.
Wärtsilä will deliver the units during 2002, starting in January and the final delivery being in April. The operation of OCP is planned to start in the beginning of 2003. The work has started already.
The pumping stations are the heart of the pipeline and they will play a critical role in the reliable operation of the new pipeline. Throughout the 90s the shortage of additional oil transportation capacity has been the main issue in the oil production in Ecuador.
This pipeline across the Andes begins in the oil rich Amazonas region of Ecuador, climbs to 4,062 m above sea level and ends on the Pacific coast. The total length of the pipeline is about 500 km.
Wärtsilä Corporation is the leading global ship power supplier and a major provider of solutions for decentralized power generation and of supporting services.
In addition Wärtsilä operates a Nordic engineering steel company and manages substantial holdings to support the development of its core business.
Note to Editors
There are two versions of this press release. This is the abbreviated version. More technical details are included in the longer version available on Internet.