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Wärtsilä to deliver LNG-fired peaking power plant to Kerala, India

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Wärtsilä Corp. has released a statement claiming that it will deliver a 40 MW LNG-fired peaking power plant to Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd (KSEBL) in India. The plant will provide power to the state of Kerala, and will be built near Kochi. The contract was awarded in June 2015, and the plant is scheduled to begin commissioning by April 2017.

Kerala’s peak power deficit is approximately 300 MW.

Susan Jacob, the Chief Engineer at KSEBL, said: “Wärtsilä engines have very high simple cycle efficiency. They are ideal for peaking power because they are capable of quick starts and stops. They provide the operational flexibility we need.”

This will be both KSEBL’s first gas-fired power plant and the first dedicated peaking power station that has been ordered by an Indian state utility. It will run at full capacity for two 4 – 5 hr periods per day, covering both morning and evening peaks in demand.

Four Wärtsilä 34SG engines that run on natural gas will be used. These will replace the two old generation units that run on low sulfur heavy stock oil (LSHS). The gas itself will be transported from the new LNG terminal in Kochi via a pipeline.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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