The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully handed over projects for two Wärtsilä engine power plants installed in the Dominican Republic. The additional capacity is needed to meet the increasing electricity demand from the country’s growing tourist industry. Both hand-overs took place in December 2018.
Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM), a privately owned utility company, ordered a 51 MW power plant from Wärtsilä to be delivered on a fast-track, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis in the end of 2017 and the project was completed in less than one year. The baseload power plant will deliver a reliable supply of electricity to hotels, restaurants, local industries and residential customers in the popular tourist resorts of the Punta Cana-Bávaro and Bayahibe areas.
The power is provided by three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, which will operate primarily on natural gas when it becomes locally available. The plant will also provide steam for thermal customers. CEPM is an established customer having earlier ordered various power plant projects from Wärtsilä.
“We know Wärtsilä and have complete confidence in their technology, and their ability to deliver a highly reliable and efficient solution on a fast-track schedule,” commented Roberto Herrera, Executive Director and Country Manager for InterEnergy Holdings, CEPM’s parent company.
Sampo Suvisaari, Regional Director, Latin America North and the Caribbean, Wärtsilä Energy Business, said; “Wärtsilä has been active in the Dominican Republic for many years and we are delighted to be working with CEPM again on this important project. The extra capacity now available will allow the local power system to reliably meet the growing energy demand.”
Wärtsilä has also handed over a 9.16 MW extension to the Grupo Punta Cana power plants delivered in 2005 and 2014. The latest project involved the installation of a Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine capable of operating on natural gas, heavy fuel oil (HFO), or diesel. The project also made available all the common auxiliaries required for an extra engine to be added later if required, thereby enabling a reserve for future extra capacity.
“Fuel flexibility is an important benefit of Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation approach, and as an enabler for renewable energy sources within the system. The high efficiency is retained, even in the varying high temperature conditions that can be expected in the Caribbean,” added Suvisaari.
Image caption: The baseload power plant of Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM) was delivered on fast-track basis to secure a reliable supply of electricity to the popular tourist resorts of the Punta Cana-Bávaro and Bayahibe areas.
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Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering comprises engine-based flexible power plants – including liquid gas systems – hybrid solar power plants, and energy storage and integration solutions. We support our customers over the lifecycle of their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 70 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.
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Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.