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Power for Saudi cement plants

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 26 April 2004 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded two contracts by Southern Province Cement Co (SPCC) of Saudi Arabia to supply power plant extensions for two cement plants near Jazan and Bisha.

For each plant, Wärtsilä will deliver a 10.9 MW generating set powered by a Wärtsilä 18V38B diesel engine. Each complete generating plant will be supplied on a turnkey basis, including the civil works and ancillary systems for cooling, fuel handling, exhaust stacks, electrical switchgear and all related control systems.  The turnkey project includes training at both the sites.

The Wärtsilä 38 units will be assembled in Wärtsilä’s state-of-the-art assembly plant in Trieste, Italy.  The Wärtsilä sales force in Saudi Arabia believes that the key factors tilting the decision in Wärtsilä’s favour were the lifecycle costs and the after-sales support that the customer gets from the regional office based in Jeddah. The contracts were signed in December 2003.

The diesel generating sets will run on heavy fuel oil at Jazan and on crude oil at Bisha. Both sets will be put into operation during October 2004. They will provide additional power capacity at both sites to meet growth in demand, running in parallel with the existing generating plant.

Southern Province Cement Co owns two cement plants. One is near the town of Ahad Al-Masarha about 70 km from the city of Jazan and the other is about 60 km south west of the city of Bisha. The Jazan plant has two production lines with a combined annual output of 2.3 million tonnes of cement clinker, while the Bisha plant has a single line producing 1.8 million tons of clinker a year.

Wärtsilä’s association with SPCC goes back almost 23 years when SPCC selected Sulzer engines as the power source for their Jazan cement plant. The Jazan cement plant is powered by 8x16ZV40/48 generating sets delivering 58 MW at the generator terminals. This power plant has accumulated more than one million running hours since installation (1980/81) while each unit operates approx. 7000 hours per year. SPCC claims an overall availability of 100%.

SPCC has also issued a tender for a turnkey project to build a new clinker plant North-West of Al-Majardah, north of Abha. This plant will produce 4000 tonnes a day of clinker and will have its own 50 MW power plant. With this addition SPCC will be one of the leading producers of high-quality clinker in Saudi Arabia.
Notes to the editor:

Wärtsilä Corporation:

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 and biopower plants with outputs from 1 to 10 MWe and bioheating plants for 3-20 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 1946
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1942
e-mail: yvonne.ronn@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com

John Goss
Pilot Global Communications
Tel: +852 2609 0691
Fax: +852 2609 1351
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e-mail: john.pilot@richgarden.com.hk