Wärtsilä to supply 28 MW power plant to Brazil
Wärtsilä signed a contract with Imetame Energia in May 2016 to supply a 28 MW natural gas power plant to UTE Prosperidade I in Brazil. The power plant will be equipped with Wärtsilä 34SG engines operating on the ‘Gas to Wire’ concept. This means that natural gas is converted to electric power close to the remote gas fields, and transmitted to urban areas via transmission lines. The value of the order is approximately EUR 10 million. It is challenging to monetise gas in Brazil as the pipeline network is not yet very developed and the state controls the sale of gas concessions. Imetame Energia did not find any way to capitalise on the gas findings and considered to close the field, but were then approached by Wärtsilä. The company suggested thermal generation to monetise the gas and add value to the project through the sale of electricity. In another company related development, Wärtsilä will supply a 92 MW gas-fired baseload power plant to Sullair Argentina.