Power plant with Wärtsilä 31SG engines to secure reliable energy supply in harsh climatic conditions in Argentinian oil fields

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 22 January 2019 at 14:00 UTC+2
  • Wärtsilä 31SG engine

The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to supply a highly efficient engine power plant for one of the most important petroleum companies in Argentina. The gas fired plant will have an initial output of 57.4 MW, which can later be increased to 90 MW. The electricity produced will primarily be used to power the local oil fields, with any excess being sold to the national grid. The order with Wärtsilä comprises a complete engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project, and was booked in Q4 2018.

The Manantiales Behr basin is one of the most important oil fields in Argentina, and the new Wärtsilä plant will increase the efficiency of the area’s power supply by replacing an existing gas turbine plant. The plant will operate on five Wärtsilä 31SG engines, the most efficient gas engine in its class. With its ability to reach full output from start-up in two minutes, the Wärtsilä solution will balance the intermittent supply from an adjacent wind farm, thereby effectively providing a hybrid energy system.

“We needed a greater and more reliable power supply for this important oil producing region, and we are sure that Wärtsilä has the experience and the technology to deliver it. The black start capabilities of this plant mean that should there be a grid power failure, the Manantiales Behr plant will be able to deliver emergency electricity to the nearby city of Comodoro Rivadavia,” said the customer.

Alberto Fernandez, Regional Director, Latin America South, Wärtsilä Energy Business commented; “High efficiency, and a proven track record in EPC project deliveries are the reasons behind the award of this contract. During the past couple of years, we have successfully completed seven projects on-time and on budget in Argentina. This experience speaks for itself.”

In addition to its outstanding efficiency, the Wärtsilä 31SG engine is capable of operating in challenging climatic conditions. The site conditions in the Manantiales Behr basin include wind speeds of up to 180 km/hour, and temperatures that can range from minus 10 degrees C to plus 40 degrees C. The plant is expected to become fully operational in October 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Gaston Giani
Business Development Manager
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Tel: +54 115 804 2727

Mirja-Maija Santala
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Tel: +358 40 079 3827

Wärtsilä Energy Business in brief
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 includes flexible internal combustion engine-based power plants, hybrid solar power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as gas to power systems. We support our customers over the lifecycle of their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 68 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.

Wärtsilä in brief
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 2017, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.9 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.