Wärtsilä renews long-term operation and maintenance agreement with Cemex Colombia

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 6 November 2014 at 15:30 UTC+2
  • Caracolito power plant, located near Ibagué, a municipality in the department of Tolima in Colombia.

Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of power plant and ship power solutions and services, has renewed its Asset Management Agreement with Cemex Colombia, one of the major cement companies in Colombia. The agreement was signed during summer 2014 and it is valid for five years. It is a continuation of an earlier Asset Management Agreement which was signed 15 years ago already in 1998.

With this new agreement, Wärtsilä continues to operate and maintain the power plant at Cemex Colombia’s cement plant. The agreement covers, among others, day-to-day operation of the power plant and the natural gas station (city gate), preventive and predictive maintenance services, management of parts logistics and technical support services. This agreement is a long-term operational partnership with a common goal to ensure maximised lifetime, guaranteed performance and predictable life cycle costs for the power plant.

“We have worked with Wärtsilä for 15 years already. During these years, Wärtsilä has showed excellent performance in ensuring the reliability and availability of our cement factory in Ibagué. Wärtsilä has also introduced innovative upgrades which will further improve the performance and reliability of our power plant. We are happy to continue our long-term partnership with them,” says Jairo Guerrero, Energy Director from Cemex Colombia.

"Cemex Colombia is one of the major cement companies and leading suppliers of building materials in Colombia. By transferring the operative responsibility of the power plant to Wärtsilä, the agreement continues to provide Cemex Colombia with the highest possible level of risk management. It also offers them full peace of mind and the possibility to focus on their core business,” says Edison Romero, General Manager, Contract Management from Wärtsilä Services.

Cemex Colombia’s cement plant is powered by five Wärtsilä 34SG engines, with a total capacity of 25 MW. The plant is located near Ibagué, a municipality in the department of Tolima in Colombia.

For further information, please contact:

Wärtsilä Colombia S.A.
Edison Romero
General Manager, Contract Management
Tel: +57 317 638 1994

Wärtsilä Services
Hanna Viita
Director, Marketing
Tel: +358 40 167 1755

Wärtsilä Services
Wärtsilä is a global supplier of a full range of products, solutions and services for the marine industry. This capability is backed by the industry’s most complete network of service and repair facilities with operations in more than 160 locations in nearly 70 countries with 11,000 employees. The company’s Services & Support Business has the broadest offering in the industry. It ranges from basic support, installation and commissioning, performance optimization, upgrades, conversions and environmental solutions to service projects and agreements focusing on overall equipment performance and asset management.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2013, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.

Cemex in brief
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.