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Wärtsilä to deliver equipment for two LNG-fuelled power plants in Myanmar

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Wärtsilä has announced that it will deliver the equipment for two LNG-fuelled power plants being urgently installed in Myanmar on a fast-track basis.

During summer last year, Wärtsilä claims that the Yangon area of Myanmar saw power cuts of up to six hours a day. In order to avoid this situation happening again, the Myanmar government has ordered additional generating capacity to be installed and operational within a few months. Each plant will feature eight Wärtsilä 50SG pure gas engines delivering a combined output of 146 MW. They will contribute more than 5% of the country’s grid capacity. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in 4Q19, and the equipment is scheduled for delivery before the end of February 2020.

According to the statement, the projects will be owned by a consortium consisting of China National Technical Import and Export Corp. (CNTIC) and VPower Group – Myanmar’s largest gas-fired engine power plant owner and operator. The two plants will operate on LNG fuel.

Earnest Cheung, Chief Commercial Officer of VPower Group, said: “Endeavouring to deliver the much-needed electricity to millions of households in Myanmar, we set stringent requirements on product efficiency, reliability and safety, and also the suppliers’ capability of timely delivery. Wärtsilä has proven in previous projects that it can be relied on to deliver on a fast-track schedule, and the high efficiency of its gas engine solutions is what is needed here. We appreciate the support and cooperation they are giving to ensure the success of these top priority projects.”

Kari Punnonen, Energy Business Director, North and South East Asia, Wärtsilä Energy Business, added: “The consortium has taken a remarkable move to support Myanmar’s electrification on demanding schedule, and we are pleased to play our part in delivering on-time. These are flexible power plants that can operate base load at high efficiency but can also provide balancing power which is going to be necessary to introduce intermittent renewable energy sources in the Myanmar grid in the future.”

According to the statement, Wärtsilä’s recent project in Myanmar has contributed and helped Myanmar to achieve a 50% electrification rate, celebrated by the Ministry of Energy and Electricity of Myanmar.

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