Additional generating capacity for the Fiji Islands

Wartsila Corporation, Press release 20 October 2000 at 03:01 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation Press release 1 November, 2000

Wärtsilä will deliver two power plants to the South Pacific Island of Fiji. The two new power plants will add vital generating capacity to Fiji's national grid to meet growing power demand and help solve the problem of frequent blackouts.

The main contractor for both plants is Telesource, Inc., an American company with branch office on Saipan, CNMI. Telesoursce, Inc., will be responsible for construction work at site and installation of the equipment. The end user is the local utility Fiji Electricity Authority, FEA, based in Suva.

In the first contract the Wärtsilä Power Master plant will expand the generating capacity at Vuda, on Viti Levu. The 2 x Wärtsilä 32LN engines are being supplied for a 12.7 MW power plant. The prime movers will be delivered from Wärtsilä’s factory in Vaasa, Finland, at the end of this year and the plant is due to be commissioned by May 2001.

The second Wärtsilä Power Master plant will be situated in Fiji's capital Suva. Two Wärtsilä 38 engines, manufactured at Wärtsilä’s factory in Zwolle, The Netherlands, will be the prime movers and they will produce 20.3 MW of electricity for the national grid. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned during May-June 2001.

In 1999 Wärtsilä delivered altogether 3,663 MW marine and power plant engines, of which 1,320 MW power plant engines. The net sales of Wärtsilä Power Plant Division were MEUR 655.4 million.

Notes to the Editor:

There are two versions of this press release. This is the abbreviated version. More technical details are included in the longer version, which can be found on our website News & Archives/Trade press.


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