The technology group Wärtsilä will provide additional generating capacity to the local electricity grid in the Portuguese administered Azores Islands. A new 10 MW extension to the existing Belo Jardim power plant on the island of Terceira will be powered by a Wärtsilä 32 engine. The extension has been ordered by Energetus S.A, the Portugal based developer and installer of energy solutions, on behalf of the local utility, Electricidade dos Aҫores S.A. (EDA). The order with Wärtsilä was booked in January.
The Belo Jardim facility is the only diesel power plant on Terceira, and the added generating capacity from the Wärtsilä solution will increase the reliability of the local grid. The Wärtsilä delivery includes preparation for an additional further extension to the plant should it be necessary. Wärtsilä will also provide technical assistance during the installation and commissioning phases. The plant is expected to be fully operational by May 2019.
“We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s capabilities as we have successfully worked with the company on previous projects. We are very confident that the Wärtsilä 32 engine is the right choice for this application,” commented Pedro Neves, CEO, Energetus.
“We are very pleased to be cooperating with Energetus and EDA on this important extension project. The new capacity is much needed and the Wärtsilä 32 engine is well proven for its excellent efficiency and reliability,” said Melle Kruisdijk, Vice President, Europe, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
Energetus has earlier ordered Wärtsilä power generating solutions for a 54.5 MW plant on the island of Madeira, and for an extension to a power plant in Maia, Portugal. EDA already operates a power plant featuring four Wärtsilä 46 engines on another island in the Azores archipelago.
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Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global energy system integrator offering a broad range of environmentally sound solutions. Our offering includes ultra-flexible internal combustion engine based power plants, utility-scale solar PV power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. The flexible and efficient Wärtsilä solutions provide customers with superior value and enable a transition to a more sustainable and modern energy system. At the end of 2017, Wärtsilä had 67 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.
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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.