Wärtsilä supplies power to Tanzania

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 25 July 2006 at 10:00 UTC+2

In June Wärtsilä Corporation has signed an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract for the delivery of a 100 MWe gas fired power generating plant at Ubungo in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. The customer is the public utility Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) and the contract is valued at approximately 57 million Euro.

Wärtsilä will equip the plant with twelve 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 34SG generating sets, running on natural gas. The plant is scheduled to start producing power for the national grid in May 2007.

The plant will use natural gas from Songo Songo Island and will help in reducing the current power problems facing Tanzania by meeting about half of the electricity demand in Dar es Salaam.

"Africa is a growing power plant market for Wärtsilä. The interest shown towards our gas power plants is of particular significance. This order for a gas power plant in Tanzania is a major opportunity alongside traditional oil power plant projects," says Christoph Vitzthum, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Power Plants.

Wärtsilä 34SG gas engines are proving popular for industrial and local power plants in many countries having supplies of natural gas. With unit power outputs up to 9MW at 750 rpm, they are the most powerful gas engines on the market today and they are recognised as cost-effective alternatives to gas turbines.

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 12.000 professionals manning 130 Wärtsilä offices in over 60 countries around the world.


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