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Wärtsilä supplies automation upgrade for iconic energy plant in Cameroon

The technology group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading project of the electrical and automation techniques to make sure optimal reliability of the Kribi energy plant within the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for nearly ten years, operating with 13 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines working totally on natural gasoline. At the time of commissioning, it was the biggest gas engine energy plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä will also support the customer’s operational and maintenance performance with a 10-year long-term service agreement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi power development firm (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial energy producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of power producing facilities across Africa. The order might be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has a significant position throughout the African vitality sector. pressure gauge 10 bar is still at present supplying two-thirds of the thermal energy in Cameroon. pressure gauge 10 bar relies closely on hydropower, but has uncertain assets of water. The Kribi plant, therefore, plays a key function in making certain a provide of safe, low cost, and dependable energy. For this reason we’re keen to upgrade the power plant’s automation methods to the latest design to make sure optimum reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady basis throughout the framework of the long-term service settlement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a robust regional presence, which enables us to offer useful technical support that optimises engine performance and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this power plant which has such a significant position in Cameroon’s power provide. We are also in a position to make sure the availability of critical spare parts, and that is an important element throughout the long-term service agreement between our companies. All in all, it is a essential challenge, each for the shopper and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The challenge is scheduled to commence in 2023. To make positive the continuity of the plant’s output, the work might be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service agreement consists of remote operational support, upkeep planning, technical advisory and remote troubleshooting providers, in addition to spare parts.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle providers offering. They are based mostly on utilisation of the latest digital technologies, and supported by the company’s intensive know-how and understanding of power generation installations.
Wärtsilä has altogether supplied 550 MW of producing capacity to the Republic of Cameroon, and seven.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which greater than 25 per cent are covered by Wärtsilä service agreements.
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