Wärtsilä sells its share in MW Power joint venture to Metso

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 31 May 2012 at 12:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä and Metso have agreed that Wärtsilä will sell its 40 per cent share in the joint venture MW Power Oy to the other joint venture party Metso. The closing of the transaction will require relevant regulatory approvals by EU, which are expected by the end of July 2012. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed. After the closing of the transaction, MW Power will be wholly owned subsidiary of Metso.

Wärtsilä will follow its strategy and focus on engine-based power plant solutions. Wärtsilä is a major supplier of flexible power plants operating on various liquid and gaseous fuels. The Wärtsilä portfolio of power plants covers the capacity range from one to more than 500 MW.

Wärtsilä and Metso signed a contract in September 2008 to form a joint venture combining Metso’s Heat & Power business and Wärtsilä’s Biopower business. According to the contract, Metso owned 60 per cent and Wärtsilä 40 per cent of the joint venture, which supplies small and medium sized heat and power plants for the European market, and focuses on renewable fuel solutions. MW Power has approximately 250 employees in Finland, Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russia. MW Power started its operations in January 2009.

For further information please contact:

Mr Caj Malmstén
Vice President, Finance & Business Control
Wärtsilä Power Plants
Tel. +358 40 733 2978

Mr Atte Palomäki
Group Vice President, Communications & Branding
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 40 5476390

Wärtsilä in brief:

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 2011, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.2 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.

Previous press releases of the subject:
26 September 2008: Wärtsilä and Metso form joint venture for renewable energy solutions
14 November 2008: Wärtsilä’s and Metso’s joint venture cleared by regulatory authorities – name of the joint venture is MW Power Oy