Wärtsilä is to supply extra generating capacity to the Azores Islands’ electricity grid.
A new 10MW extension to the existing Belo Jardim power plant on the island of Terceira will be powered by a Wärtsilä 32 engine.
The extension has been ordered by Energetus SA, the Portugal-based developer and installer of energy solutions, on behalf of the local utility, Electricidade dos Aҫores SA (EDA). The order with Wärtsilä was booked in January.
The Belo Jardim facility is the only diesel power plant on Terceira, and the added generating capacity from the Wärtsilä solution will increase the reliability of the local grid. The Wärtsilä delivery includes preparation for an additional further extension to the plant should it be necessary. Wärtsilä will also provide technical assistance during the installation and commissioning phases. The plant is expected to be fully operational by May 2019.
Energetus CEO Pedro Neves commented: “We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s capabilities as we have successfully worked with the company on previous projects.
“We are very confident that the Wärtsilä 32 engine is the right choice for this application.”
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions Europe vice president Melle Kruisdijk said: “We are very pleased to be cooperating with Energetus and EDA on this important extension project.
“The new capacity is much-needed and the Wärtsilä 32 engine is well-proven for its excellent efficiency and reliability.”
Energetus has earlier ordered Wärtsilä power generating solutions for a 54.5MW plant on the island of Madeira, and for an extension to a power plant in Maia, Portugal. EDA already operates a power plant, featuring four Wärtsilä 46 engines on another island in the Azores archipelago.