Eklutna Generation Station, Palmer, Alaska, USA

"In the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, these engines can switch fuels without a hiccup."-Joe Griffith, MEA General Manager


Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), departed from conventional practice and decided to build its own power plant. For its clients in the Alaskan Railbelt this meant greatly reducing the costs of its supplied energy.

Having considered different technology proposals, including gas turbine-based projects, MEA’s consulting engineers decided that Wärtsilä’s 50DF combustion engines offered the best solution for the project. According to MEA General Manager Joe Griffith, “these engines represent a technology of substantial importance to the Railbelt electrical system”.

Read the full story here (pdf)!

Type Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel power plant
Operating mode Flexible baseload
Gensets 10 x W18V50DF
Total output 171 MW
Fuel Natural gas & LFO
Scope EEQ (Engineering & equipment)
Delivered 2014

If you want to know more about the Eklutna project, please contact

Dennis Finn
Business Development Manager
Wärtsilä Power Plants
+1 410 336 8762

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