Seasonal Power Supplied by Wärtsilä: Wärtsilä was recently awarded two new orders to supply power generation equipment to the island of Lesvos, Greece, and Cyprus.
The contracts represent a total output of 72 MW. These orders bring Wärtsilä’s power generating capacity in the region, either installed or on order, to more than 600 MW. The combined value of these orders is approximately US$58 million. Local electricity demand surges dramatically during the tourist season when the resident population of some 120 000 people is outnumbered many times over by tourists. Wärtsilä’s decentralized power plants offer the flexibility and efficiency to meet these increases in demand.
At the same time the new plants are creating a low environmental impact. The strict environmental protection norms of the EU require that the power plants are equipped with the best available emission reduction technologies, and that they use fuel oils with very low sulfur content. Wärtsilä engines are equipped with the latest low-emission technical solutions.
Greece’s state-owned Public Power Corp. awarded a turnkey contract to Wärtsilä for the supply of additional generating capacity to its power plants on the Greek island of Lesvos. The contract represents an extension to an existing power plant, with the extra 22 MW capacity needed to meet the huge increase in demand that occurs during the tourist season.
The Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), a public utility, has ordered a power plant with three Wärtsilä 18V46 medium- speed diesel engines. The total electricity produced from the plant will total over 50 MW. The new plant is located in Dhekelia, near the town of Larnaca in Cyprus, and will be a turnkey delivery by the Danish contractor BWSC. Since the Cyprus plant is located near the town of Larnaca, it is also equipped with a separate nitrogen oxides reduction system to remove most of the flue gas nitrogen oxides.
“There is a strong need to meet this seasonal demand for energy since it has such an impact on the local economy. The key requirements are for heavy-duty units that can run on heavy fuel oil at full power during the five summer months while, at the same time, having the lowest emissions,” said Harry Lindroos, regional director, Eastern Europe, Wärtsilä Power Plants. “We have shown repeatedly that we can meet these criteria, which is why we have a strong market position here.”