District Heating Utilities in Hungary Start Electricity Generation

Wartsila Corporation, Trade press release 14 March 2002 at 02:01 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation Trade &Technical Press 14 March 2002

Hungarian district heating utilities are expanding their commercial activities into electricity production. This new business move will produce extra income, for the utilities, from the sale of electricity to Hungary’s national grid.  This has been brought about by recent Hungarian legislation, which enables a district heating company to sell electricity below 20 MW to the national grid.

Following tough international competition, Wärtsilä has been awarded three power plant contracts from Hungarian district heating companies. These contracts are Wärtsilä’s first significant power plant projects in Hungary. The contract awards were based on the high electrical efficiency of the Wärtsilä engines.

In the first two awards, Sinergy Kft, one of the leading investment companies in Hungary, chose Wärtsilä to supply engines for two new power plants in in Kazincbarcika and Tiszaújváros. The two plants will use three 18V220SG gas engines at Kazincbarcika and two 18V220SG gas engines at Tiszaújváros with 3.2 MWe power per unit to generate electricity.

The engines will be supplied to the sites by April 2002. The plants will start commercial operation during September 2002. Wärtsilä and Sinergy have also agreed a 10 year maintenance agreement.

In the third contract, Györhö District Heating Company, which supplies heat to the City of Györ, chose Wärtsilä to supply engines for their new power plant. The power plant will use two 18V34SG gas engines to produce a planned output of 10,920 kWth and 12,000 kWe. The engines will be supplied to the site by summer 2002. The new power plant will be fully operational in October 2002. The contract award also includes a 10 year maintenance contract.

Notes to the Editor:

Wärtsilä Corporation is the leading global ship power supplier and a major provider of solutions for decentralised power generation and of supporting services. Wärtsilä delivers gas and oil fired power plant solutions from 1 MW to 300 MW.

For power plant applications, Wärtsilä products range from baseload, load management, cogeneration, gas compression, complete turnkey construction and long-term maintenance and operation.

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

Wärtsilä supplied more than 1,400 MW of power to plants around the world in 2001.

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