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Benndale, Mississippi, USA

Flexible power through rain or shine with a Wärtsilä 31SG plant

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Enabling an increase in variable generation with more flexible capacity that can rapidly start up when needed.

Intermittent renewable energy generation in the United States has seen a staggering 700% increase between 2008 and 2019, with solar and wind generation accounting for around 350 million MWh of power generation in 2019. The subsequent increase in variable generation means that flexibility is increasingly important in the energy system.

Cooperative Energy, a not-for-profit electricity cooperative covering 432,000 homes and businesses in the US state of Mississippi, was looking to upgrade one of its plants in order to help it supply affordable, flexible and reliable power. Wärtsilä’s comprehensive solution comprises a plant powered by two gas-fired Wärtsilä 31SG engine generating sets and covered by a 10-year service agreement.
    Challenge
    • Efficient power generation in a market with increasing levels of renewables
    • Mitigate financial and timing risks in construction
    • Resilient and reliable generation in a hurricane-prone region
    • Maintain the plant and its performance over the lifecycle
    Solution
    • A flexible Wärtsilä 31SG gas power plant with the ability to respond rapidly to continuously changing load patterns of systems with renewables
    • Full EPC delivery
    • Wärtsilä plant integrated with customer’s system
    • 10-year Wärtsilä Optimised maintenance service agreement
    Benefits
    • Efficient and flexible power supply with a reduced environmental footprint
    • One EPC supplier with full responsibility for both timelines and costs
    • Fast starting; ability to supply power to key facilities such as hospitals during a natural disaster
    • Ensure optimised plant performance and efficiency over the lifecycle