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Wärtsilä to supply smart power generation plant to South Australia

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Wärtsilä has been chosen to supply the capacity needed by Australian integrated energy company AGL Energy Limited for its new power plant.

The new 211 MW Smart Power Generation plant, comprising 12 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, will provide the fast-starting capability required to respond rapidly to fluctuations that are inherent to renewable generation. The new plant will be capable of reaching full output within minutes, and to provide reliability in all conditions. The order with Wärtsilä, valued over €100 million, is expected to be booked in Q1.

The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project represents the first utility-scale reciprocating engine power plant in Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM). The new plant, to be known as the Barker Inlet Power Station, will be located on Torrens Island, near Adelaide in South Australia. The Wärtsilä engines will run primarily on natural gas, but can be switched to liquid fuel if necessary.

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