Wärtsilä to supply power plant to Saudi Arabian desert – equipped with new 2-stage turbocharged engines

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 18 June 2014 at 13:00 UTC+2
  • The new 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 32TS engine is optimised for extreme ambient conditions.

Wärtsilä has received an order to supply a turnkey power plant for Saudi Arabia. The order was placed by Umm Al-Qura Cement Company in May 2014. The 47 MW captive power plant will be located in the mountain desert close to Taif city. The equipment will be fast-track delivered by February 2015 and the project will enter commercial operation by October 2015. The power plant will serve a cement factory in extreme conditions of temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius and an altitude above 1000 metres.

The power plant consists of five 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 32TS engines, a new 2-stage turbocharged version of the market-leading Wärtsilä 32 series. This new engine is designed to operate at outstanding efficiency even in extreme ambient conditions, such as high ambient temperatures and high altitudes. The new version delivers reduced fuel consumption while complying with the World Bank EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) guidelines for NOx emissions.

“This engine is tailor-made for hot conditions. That’s why we call it the ‘sauna’ engine. It is a result of our commitment to the extensive and long term development work of engine technology,” says Lars-Åke Kjell, Regional Director at Wärtsilä Power Plants. “The Umm Al-Qura contract strengthens our leading position in Saudi Arabia. Wärtsilä already supplies four out of five power installations in the cement industry in the country.” With this project, Wärtsilä has more than 1600 MW of installed power plant capacity in Saudi Arabia.

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Caption: The new 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 32TS engine is optimised for extreme ambient conditions. The two-stage turbocharger system is mounted on the free end of the engine.

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Wärtsilä Power Plants in brief
Wärtsilä Power Plants is a leading global supplier of flexible baseload power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent power production. Wärtsilä Power Plants also provides LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2014, Wärtsilä has 56 GW of installed power plant capacity in 169 countries around the world.

For further information please contact:

Lars-Åke Kjell
Regional Director, Middle East
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Tel. +971 4 8857222

Juka-Pekka Niemi
General Manager, Marketing
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions 
Tel: +358 10 709 0000

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2013, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.