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Engine power plant in Jordan to use LNG

LNG Industry,

Wärtsilä has announced the inauguration of IPP3, the world’s largest internal combustion engine (ICE) power plant, at the plant site near Amman, Jordan.

The plant is powered by 38 Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel engines with a combined capacity of 573 MW. The plant will start to use LNG later in 2015, when the fuel becomes available.

Inauguration ceremony

The inauguration ceremony will be hosted by Amman Asia Electric Power Co. (AAEPC), the owner of the plant, and will be held under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan.

Wärtsilä was responsible for leading the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) consortium.

World’s largest

Commenting on the achievement, Taemin Kim, Administration Manager of AAEPC, said: "It is a great pleasure to witness the inauguration with Wärtsilä and other project partners. We are very proud of the world's largest engine power plant.”

IPP3 will be used for covering daily peaks of electricity demand in Jordan. Kim added: “By starting one engine at a time, the plant can follow the demand very precisely.”

Power grid support

IPP3 and its sister plant, the 250 MW IPP4, have been in commercial operation since late 2014. According to data from the Jordanian grid operator NEPCO, their impact on the Jordanian power grid has been considerable.

"This empirical evidence shows how our Smart Power Generation power plants can optimise entire power systems by providing much-needed flexibility. Using ICEs for peak load and gas turbines for baseload is the perfect combination in improving overall efficiency of the grid," explained Upma Koul, Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä.

Fuel flexibility

The tri-fuel plant can run on heavy fuel oil (HFO), light fuel oil (LFO) and natural gas. Currently HFO is used due to shortage of natural gas. The plant will start to use LNG later this year. "The readiness to use different fuels was essential for us, and Wärtsilä's engines are the optimal technology for this," Kim concluded.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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