Wärtsilä received in September an order for a power plant, worth EUR 131 million, from Pakistan. The power plant will be delivered as a turnkey project to Nishat Chunian Power Ltd, which is an independent power producer that will supply electricity to the national grid in Pakistan. The plant will have a total electrical power output of 200 MWe.
This latest order follows another power plant order from Nishat Power Ltd, signed by Wärtsilä earlier this year. These two orders will, together with other Wärtsilä power plants already under construction or in operation in Pakistan, produce a combined generating capacity of more than 1500 MWe.
The Nishat Chunian power plant, which will run on heavy fuel oil (HFO), is scheduled to be fully operational in March 2010. It will be located next to the Nishat Power plant on the same site in Jambar Kalan, Kasur District, near Lahore.
“Wärtsilä and the Nishat Group have worked together as one team. Our first project, developed by Nishat Power Ltd., is under construction, and we were pleased to award our second project, developed by Nishat Chunian Ltd., also to Wärtsilä. We are very happy with the level of support that we have received from Wärtsilä.” says Mr Mian Mohammad Mansha, Chairman of the Nishat Group.
The Nishat Chunian plant will comprise eleven Wärtsilä 18V46 diesel generating sets with exhaust recovery boilers. The power plant will have a high overall efficiency of 45 percent for its lifetime. The high overall efficiency will enable the generating costs to be competitive. Wärtsilä is a leading provider of power plants for distributed and flexible power generation.
Wärtsilä will supply the plant equipment, then erect, test and commission the plant and provide local construction supervision. An operations & maintenance (O&M) agreement to operate and maintain the power plant is also under negotiation.
“We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Nishat Group. With the new orders from both Nishat Power and Nishat Chunian, the Nishat Group will be our largest customer in Pakistan, with over 490 MW of installed capacity by 2010. This order endorses not only the reputation of Wärtsilä, but also the support service capability that we are able to provide from our regional office in Lahore,” says Nomi Ahmad, Regional Director, Middle East, Wärtsilä Power Plants.
Both Nishat Chunian Power Ltd. and Nishat Power Ltd.are independent power producers and members of the Nishat Group. The two companies have signed Power Purchase Agreements with the National Transmission & Despatch Company. The Nishat Group is one of the leading business groups in Pakistan with interests in the textile, cement, insurance and banking sectors.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Christoph Vitzthum
Group Vice President
Wärtsilä Power Plants
Tel: +358 107095670
Mr Atte Palomäki
Group Vice President, Communications
Tel: +358 405476390
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Ms Josephine Mickwitz
Director, Investor Relations
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