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Wärtsilä to undertake power plant project in Equatorial Guinea

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The technology group Wärtsilä was awarded a 38 MW power plant project by the engineering, procurement and construction company Groupement TEC-IEE in Equatorial Guinea.

The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Hydrocarbons with the intention to boost the development of local industry. The order was booked in Q318.

A 24 MW Wärtsilä power plant located in Bata, the country’s largest city, already provides thermal production of energy for continental Equatorial Guinea. This local presence and regional experience were cited as being key reasons for selecting Wärtsilä to supply the power plant.

The new plant will operate with four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines. The engines will run primarily on gas supplied from the country’s offshore fields but can switch to light fuel oil (LFO) if required.

Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, commented: “Equatorial Guinea will be one of the main LNG hubs in the region and the idea of our government is to continue with the monetisation of our gas. For several African countries, including Equatorial Guinea, gas-to-power will be the anchor sector for the development of a domestic and regional gas and power economy in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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