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.

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