Two power plant extensions for screen factory in Taiwan

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 7 June 2004 at 09:00 UTC+2

In a move to increase power supply to their Lungtan factory in Taiwan, Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd (CPT) has awarded two contracts to Wärtsilä for two turnkey power plant extensions. The new power plant extensions will supply the increased power demands from CPT’s new production facilities.

CPT awarded the first contract for a 12 MWe standby power plant extension, featuring four Wärtsilä 18V200 engines, in January 2004. The second CPT contract, signed in May 2004, is for a 52.76 MWe baseload power plant extension with seven Wärtsilä 18V32 engines and ancillary equipment.

CPT – Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. is a public listed company with factories in Taiwan, China and Malaysia. Its core business is the manufacturing of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD), plasma display panels (PDP), colour display tubes (CRT) and LCD projectors.

A reliable and secure power supply is critical to CPT’s business and their TFT-LCD production lines. A single power outage could cause catastrophic damage and cost CPT many hundreds of millions of TWD $ in losses (depending on the size of production lines hit by the power outage).

The electricity generated is for CPT’s internal use and represents about 50 per cent of power demand. The remaining power is supplied by the local grid. Extension 2 is in parallel with the grid. Extension 1 and the previous Phase 1 (another four Wärtsilä 18V200 generating sets) will be started up if and when there is a grid power outage. Extension 1 will be in parallel with Extension 2.

The ability to meet fast-track delivery schedules played an important role in the award of these two contracts. The first project will be operational by October 2004 and the second by January 2005.

The national Taiwanese emission limits for diesel engine power plants are for nitrogen oxides (NOx) 235 ppm-v (dry, 13 vol-% O2) and for sulphur dioxide (SO2) 500 ppm-v (dry, 6 vol-% O2).

The Extension 2 project (52.76 MWe power plant) has to fulfil much stricter requirements than required by national legislation: NOx 80 ppm-v (13 vol-% O2) (about one third) and SO2 40 ppm-v (dry, 6 vol-% O2) (about one twelfth).  The power plant will therefore be equipped with efficient SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) units for NOx and a Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) system for SO2 reduction.

With four industrial baseload power plants built since 1995, the working relationship between Wärtsilä and CPT has established a good reputation for Wärtsilä’s products and personnel in the region. It is this ability to work well together that has led to these latest contracts.

Notes to the editor:

About Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd.:

The company was incorporated in 1971. Today Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. has become one of the most important worldwide display devices and picture tubes manufacturers. This has also promoted Taiwan into the area of worldwide display devices manufacturing. In year 1997, the company emerged the leader in the introduction of large model TFT-LCD mass production techniques, the prelude for Taiwan's flat display devices. The number of employees is 12,000.

For more information on Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd., visit the website at:

About Wärtsilä:

Wärtsilä is The Ship Power Supplier for builders, owners and operators of vessels and offshore installations. We are the only company with a global service network to take complete care of customers’ ship machinery at every lifecycle stage. Wärtsilä is a leading provider of power plants, operation and lifetime care services in decentralized power generation. The company provides power plants for baseload, peaking, and combined heat and power applications. Wärtsilä also supplies solutions for gas compression and for oil and gas pumping. The product range comprises gas- and oil-fired power plants with outputs from 1 MW to 300 MW, biopower plants with outputs from 1 to10 MWe and bioheating plants for 3-20 MWth. Wärtsilä supplied more than 1,100 MW of power generation equipment around the world in 2003.

Wärtsilä is headquartered in Helsinki with representatives in more than 60 countries. Production facilities are located in Finland, Norway and Italy with assembly plants in Spain and India. 

For further information, please contact:

Yvonne Rönn
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1946
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1942

John Goss
Account Director
Pilot Global Communications
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Fax: +852 2609 1351