Wärtsilä, a leading supplier of flexible power plants and services to the decentralised power generation market, has been awarded an operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement by Liberty Power Tech for its power plant in Pakistan.

The five-year agreement calls for Wärtsilä to operate, maintain, and supply all labour and spare parts for the Liberty Power Tech plant. Liberty Power Tech is an independent power producer (IPP), supplying electricity to Pakistan’s national grid.

This plant will utilise eleven Wärtsilä 18V46 engines and a steam turbine to produce a total electrical output of 200MWe. It is located near the city of Faisalabad, and scheduled to become operational in the fourth quarter of 2010.

“Wärtsilä and Liberty have worked together as one team throughout the development of this project, which is now undergoing installation and commissioning. We are very happy with the level of support that we have received from Wärtsilä, and are extremely satisfied with the company’s products and services so far. This experience encouraged us to award the operations and maintenance agreement to Wärtsilä,” says Mr Ashraf Mukaty of Liberty Power Tech.

Wärtsilä already has a strong presence in Pakistan, with nearly 1800MW of power plants either in operation or under construction. This Liberty O&M order means that more than half of this output will be operated and maintained by Wärtsilä’s own personnel under O&M agreements.

“This is our first project with Liberty group. We are delighted and honoured to be part of this business relationship with Liberty. Our proven track record in Pakistan, together with our local service support and capabilities are key factors in Wärtsilä being entrusted with the operational responsibility for this power plant,” says Rashid Shamsi, general manager, services of Wärtsilä Pakistan.