Wärtsilä delivers a power plant to Jordanian cement works

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 24 October 2007 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä was awarded with a EUR 31.5 million turnkey power plant contract yesterday to supply a power plant for a new cement works in Al Katrana, Jordan. The 49 MW power plant will be delivered at the end of 2009. The customer is Al Katrana Cement Company.

“Wärtsilä has been powering industry in Saudi-Arabia for 35 years. This order is again testimony to the confidence that exists in the Middle East in Wärtsilä´s power solutions”, said Ole Johansson, President of Wärtsilä, who was present at the contract signing ceremony in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Also in attendance were Mr Muhammad Taher Uthman, the President and CEO of Arabian Cement, the major shareholder of Al Katrana Cement Company of Saudi Arabia.

During the past two years Wärtsilä has won orders for more than 500 MW of power generating capacity from the cement industry alone in the Middle East. The installed power plants are all running successfully and are demonstrating high fuel efficiency with low generating costs using heavy fuel oil.

The scope of this new contract encompasses design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of the diesel generating plant.

Wärtsilä power plant

Expected to be completed by mid 2009, the new cement works is being built on a green-field site in Al Katrana, about 90 km south of Amman in Jordan. The cement works will have a production capacity of 5000 tonnes/day

Wärtsilä will supply seven Wärtsilä 18V32 diesel generating sets and their related ancillaries, including coolers, filters, fuel oil pumps, lubricating oil pumps, cooling water pumps, and engine control and monitoring equipment. The engines will each provide a maximum continuous output of 8100 kW at 720 rpm at local ambient temperatures.

The scope of supply also includes an exhaust heat recovery system for fuel heating. There will be four exhaust gas economisers so that two can be in operation with two on standby. They will be backed up by an LFO-fired boiler for starting and emergency operation.

The power plant will be dedicated to providing electrical power for the cement works. It will normally operate with five engines running to meet the baseload requirements of the cement works, with a sixth generating set on hot standby and a seventh under maintenance, thereby giving increased availability and flexibility. The engines will run on heavy fuel oil (HFO) but will use light fuel oil (LFO) when starting and during emergency operations.

The generating plant will be able to meet the basic requirement in the cement industry of being able to handle the starting of the large electrical motors driving the cement kilns while keeping the voltage and frequency drops within permissible limits.

Wärtsilä in brief:

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 15,000 professionals manning 130 Wärtsilä locations in close to 70 countries around the world.


For further information, please contact:
Maria Nystrand
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: maria.nystrand@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com