In Brazil, Wärtsilä has now achieved the impressive position of having 1.0 GW of electrical output under operations and maintenance agreements. The agreements cover 12 power plants in different locations.
Wärtsilä, a leading supplier of flexible power plants and services to the decentralized power generation market, has been contracted to operate and maintain the Geramar I and Geramar II power plants in Miranda do Norte, Brazil. Both plants are located on the same site, and are each supplied with 19 Wärtsilä 20V32 engines. The plants will generate a total of 320 MW of electrical output to the national grid.
This 5-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement means that Wärtsilä will take full responsibility for the efficient operation of the plant, and for all service and maintenance functions. It is estimated that the contract will result in the creation of approximately 60 new jobs for local applicants.
“In Brazil, Wärtsilä is now responsible for operating and maintaining 12 power plants in various parts of the country. Together it means that a total of 1.0 GW of electrical output is run by us. This impressive figure is a strong reference to our ability for ensuring safe and reliable operating performance under a variety of conditions,” says Gil Viana, General Manager, Service Sales, Wärtsilä in Brazil.
The two Geramar plants are scheduled to be fully operational in January 2010. The contractor for the two plants, Geranorte, is a Brazilian consortium made up of Equatorial Energia, the Brasil Energia Investment Fund and GNP.
Wärtsilä O&M agreements are tailored to the needs of its customers to give real added value. The O&M agreement programme is designed to cover all aspects of operating and managing an installation, including O&M planning, day-to-day operations, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, administration, human resources and training, technical support, logistics management and security. This comprehensive programme enables the plant owner to focus on the company’s core business, whilst Wärtsilä ensures optimal plant performance throughout the complete operational cycle, from receiving fuel to supplying energy.
Globally, Wärtsilä operates 137 power plant installations in 30 countries, supplying a total of close to 4700 MW of power.
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Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2008, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with 19,000 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.