Wärtsilä is expanding its Smart Power Generation portfolio by introducing the capability of using propane as fuel for power generation.
“Shale oil and gas production has substantially increased the availability of propane in the market. Many of Wärtsilä’s customers see an opportunity for using propane now for power generation,” says Thomas Hägglund, Vice President, Technology and Solutions at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
Hägglund points out that the multi-fuel capability is one of Wärtsilä’s traditional strengths. Now the market-leading Wärtsilä 34SG engine can be used not only with natural gas, but also as a dual-fuel engine that can run on natural gas or propane without physical modifications to the engine.
Propane is the main component in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is commonly used in cooking appliances and vehicles, and increasingly offered for power production. LPG is a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining. By replacing heavy fuel oil with propane, carbon dioxide and other emissions from a power plant can be significantly reduced.
Wärtsilä’s first propane-fired project using two 20V34SG gas engines is currently under construction in El Salvador and will be operational by the end of 2015.
Wärtsilä’s installed power plant capacity is 58 GW in 175 countries around the world. Out of this, more than 10 percent, or 6 GW are multi-fuel plants.
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Wärtsilä Energy Solutions in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of flexible baseload power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent power production. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2015, Wärtsilä has 58 GW of installed power plant capacity in 175 countries around the world.
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 maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 17,700 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.