City of Unalaska selects Wärtsilä for baseload power

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 26 August 2004 at 15:00 UTC+2

The City of Unalaska has selected a baseload power plant from Wärtsilä to supply electricity for the Port of Dutch Harbor; a hub of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry.

The company will supply two Wärtsilä 12V32 generator sets for the project, producing a total output of more than 10 MW. Each generator is scheduled to run about 5,000 hours per year. The project is being permitted and designed for a total of 4 units. The contract value of the project is 4.3 million USD.

“Wärtsilä’s generators addressed the critical issues of low emissions and high reliability for Unalaska. The City of Unalaska Utility Department serves the two islands of Amaknak and Unalaska, one of the nation's most important fishing communities and ecologically unspoiled areas in Western Alaska,” said Dick Peck, Director of Public Utilities. “This new power plant will ensure delivery of reliable power to keep the town's fishing industry productive.”

Known as the “Crossroads of the Aleutians,” Unalaska Island is part of the Aleutian Island chain that extends from the Alaskan mainland into the Bering Sea. History buffs also know the community of Unalaska as Dutch Harbor, the only land in North America, besides Pearl Harbor, that was bombed by the Japanese during World War II. Today, this island town of 4,700 people is home to one of the country’s most productive commercial fishing ports, as well as a tourism industry that features pristine vistas, accentuated by active volcanoes and a wide variety of native wildlife.

Notes to the editor:
About Wärtsilä:
Wärtsilä is The Ship Power Supplier for builders, owners and operators of vessels and offshore installations. We are the only company with a global service network to take complete care of customers’ ship machinery at every lifecycle stage. Wärtsilä is a leading provider of power plants, operation and lifetime care services in decentralized power generation. The company provides power plants for baseload, peaking, and combined heat and power applications. Wärtsilä also supplies solutions for gas compression and for oil and gas pumping. The product range comprises gas- and oil-fired power plants with outputs from 1 MW to 300 MW, biopower plants with outputs from 1 to 5 MWe and biothermal plants for 3-17 MWth.

Wärtsilä is headquartered in Helsinki with representatives in more than 60 countries. Production facilities are located in Finland, Norway and Italy with assembly plants in Spain and India.

Wärtsilä supplied more than 1,100 MW of power generation equipment around the world in 2003.

For further information, please contact:
Yvonne Rönn
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1456
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425

John Goss
Pilot Global Communications
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