Wärtsilä to supply 100 MW tri-fuel power plant for Togo - doubles the country’s generating capacity

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 21 July 2008 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä will supply a 100 MW power plant to Togo to produce electricity for the national grid. The power plant will comprise six Wärtsilä 50DF engines designed for tri-fuel capability. The turn-key contract was awarded in June by the energy supplier ContourGlobal Togo SA.

The power plant will be installed in Lomé, the capital city in the Republic of Togo, and is scheduled to be fully operational by the fourth quarter 2009. The engines can run on natural gas, light fuel oil (LFO) or heavy fuel oil (HFO). The fuel can be switched whilst the engines are operating, eliminating the need to stop the engine. The plant will deliver the same output on all three fuels. This way, the power plant can always use the cheapest and the most readily available fuel. 

“We have enjoyed extremely good co-operation with ContourGlobal in developing this project. The tri-fuel capability of the engines was a key factor in being awarded the contract, in addition to the fact that the Wärtsilä 50DF engine offers high output, low emission rates, first class efficiency, and excellent reliability,” says Tony van Velzen, Regional Director for Africa, Wärtsilä Power Plants.

When operational, the plant will significantly diversify Togo’s power generation portfolio and will supplement the country’s hydroelectric power during the dry season. The electricity investment is the largest in Togo’s history and it will double the country’s generating capacity.

For further information, please contact:

Tony van Velzen
Regional Director for Africa
Wärtsilä Power Plants
Tel: +31 6 5345 2008

Atte Palomäki
Group Vice President, Communications
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 40 5476390

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