Wärtsilä power for Belize shrimp farming

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 21 February 2006 at 14:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation was awarded an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract in December 2005 for the delivery of a 23.6 MWe combined heat and power plant to Belize Aquaculture, Ltd. for a shrimp farm and associated processing plant in Belize, Central America. The contract is valued at approximately 19 MUSD.

Wärtsilä will equip the plant with three 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 diesel generating sets, all running on heavy fuel oil. The plant will also have space for a fourth generating set.

Due for delivery in November 2006, the power plant will be installed at the company’s shrimp farm at Blair Atholl estate in the Stann Creek District of Belize. It will initially be dedicated to supply electricity to the shrimp farm and its associated shrimp processing plant. There is also a future possibility that the plant may be connected to the Belize national grid to sell power to the grid.

In addition, the diesel generating sets will be provided with full waste heat recovery systems to generate steam to be used both for fuel heating and for various uses in the process plant.

The requirements for the power plant were that it shall provide a reliable source of electricity for the shrimp farm and processing plant, while using waste heat recovery for cogeneration of steam with high overall plant efficiency.

Notes to the editor:

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 12.000 professionals manning 130 Wärtsilä offices in over 60 countries around the world.


For further information, please contact:

Maria Nystrand
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Finland Oy
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: maria.nystrand@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com