Wärtsilä awarded major O&M contract in Pakistan

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 10 November 2008 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä has been awarded an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) agreement to operate and maintain the Attock Gen Ltd power plant, located at the Attock Refinery site near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The 156 MW power plant, which was supplied and installed by Wärtsilä, will start commercial operations this year.

Wärtsilä currently has O&M agreements in three other power plants in Pakistan, supplying altogether 317 MW of electricity.

The Attock Gen power plant, which is connected to the national grid, utilizes nine Wärtsilä 18V46 type generating sets, with heat recovery boilers on each. Wärtsilä also supplied the plant with an 11.6 MWe steam turbine plant and a 132 kV switchyard.

“This new power plant will contribute significantly to ensuring that our refinery operations run smoothly. This in turn will speed sales of heavy fuel oil, thus bringing a boost to the economy of energy starved Pakistan, and helping our people in general. We also want to operate the plant at the highest possible efficiency during its 25 years lifecycle, and we are confident that Wärtsilä’s operations team will achieve this,” says Mr. M. Adil Khattak, Chief Executive Officer of Attock Gen Ltd.

“With a life cycle efficiency of 45% at the 132 kV delivery point, this is an extremely efficient power plant. Wärtsilä has been able to demonstrate, both in Pakistan and around the world, its ability to run and maintain operations so that this level of efficiency is not compromised in any way. We are delighted to have been awarded this O&M contract, and look forward to continuing our good co-operation with the Attock management,” commented Lars-Åke Kjell, Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East, Wärtsilä Operations and Management.

Wärtsilä sees a huge potential for its Operation & Maintenance contract business in Pakistan. About 800 MW of power capability will be installed during the coming 2-3 years time in the IPP sector, and Wärtsilä is currently negotiating O&M contracts for these upcoming projects.  

Globally, Wärtsilä operates 127 installations in 34 countries, supplying a total of close to 3700 MW of power. Wärtsilä O&M agreements are tailored to the needs of its customers to give real added value. Under an O&M agreement, Wärtsilä takes care of everything from the recruitment, training and management of the O&M staff, to energy production, logistics and other services.

Attock Gen Ltd is a company whose specific purpose is the owning and operating of the power plant. The main sponsors are units within the Attock Oil Group, including  Attock Refinery Ltd and The Attock Oil Company.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 18,000 professionals manning 160 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on The Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.


For further information, please contact:
Maria Nystrand
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
e-mail: maria.nystrand@wartsila.com