Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, has been awarded the contract to supply a new, gas-fuelled power plant to Indonesia. Once operational, it will serve the regional electricity grid and be the first ever gas-fired combustion engine based peaking power plant in Indonesia. The plant is to be located in Sei Gelam Jambi in Sumatra.

PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN), the state-owned utility company, will use the new facility primarily to supply power during the evening peak load hours. It will be powered by eleven 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 34SG generator sets in V-configuration, operating on compressed natural gas and providing an output of 110MW. Wärtsilä will also supply the necessary auxiliary equipment as well as building materials. Everything is being delivered on a fast-track basis, as the plant is scheduled to be built and be fully operational before the end of 2012.

"Wärtsilä has been selected as the preferred supplier by PT PP (Persero) Tbk, the Engineering, Procurement and Construction main contractor to PT PLN, based on the company’s proven capability to deliver high quality, and extremely efficient power plant solutions, on a fast-track basis," said Mr Taufiq Aria, head of EPC Division, PT PP (Persero) Tbk.

"Our ability to meet the tightest of delivery deadlines was, of course, a key consideration in the award of this contract. However, the Wärtsilä power plant solution itself, with its fast start-up and loading capability, its multi-unit configuration that ensures high availability, and its overall reliability and performance, was the main deciding factor," says Sushil Purohit, regional director of Wärtsilä Power Plants in Southeast Asia and Australia.

Wärtsilä already has a strong presence in Indonesia, with some 2.8GW of installed power in operation. These, and all Wärtsilä installations, are supported by the company’s global service network. Wärtsilä has service agreements for more than 350MW of power generating capacity in Indonesia.