Wärtsilä baseload power for the Dominican Republic

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 10 September 2004 at 14:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä’s North American group announced last week that a large cement factory located near the village of Sabana Grande de Palenque in the Dominican Republic, Domicem, has selected Wärtsilä to supply a baseload power plant to supply electricity for its quarry and process operations.

Wärtsilä will supply four Wärtsilä 18V32LN generating sets for the project, producing a total of more than 25 MW. In addition to the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract, Domicem also signed a contract with Wärtsilä to provide all necessary services for operating and maintaining the power plant during the first 5 years of operation.

“We are very pleased to provide Domicem with a power plant that meets their requirements for reliability and low fuel consumption,” said Mr. Frank Donnelly, vice president of Wärtsilä North America Inc., Power Plants. “This contract also highlights the integration of Wärtsilä’s power plant and after sales service businesses to provide the customer with a lifecycle project that fulfills their need for a reliable source of power.

Wärtsilä´s power plant delivery will be part of a project which calls for the design, construction and operation of a new dry process cement plant of 800,000 tons per year (tpy) clinker capacity and 900,000 tpy cement capacity in the Dominican Republic. The Domicem plant is expected to be commissioned by May 2005. The plant’s limestone quarries are located in Sabana Grande de Palenque, a rural farming village with a population of less than 3,500. This plant will be the most modern of its kind in the Caribbean, supplying one third of the island’s cement consumption.

“Wärtsilä had the most extensive experience and the best references in the cement industry and in the Dominican Republic because they have shown that they are dedicated to serving customers in this region,” said Mr. Pasquale Colaiacovo, Chairman of Domicem. “We were impressed with the fact that they have a local service office and their willingness to stand behind their products with their service business.”

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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 to 5 MWe and biothermal plants for 3-17 MWth.

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.

Wärtsilä supplied more than 1,100 MW of power generation equipment around the world in 2003.

For more information on Wärtsilä, visit the website at www.wartsila.com
For further information, please contact:
Yvonne Rönn
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Finland Oy
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Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: yvonne.ronn@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com

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