Wärtsilä wins service contract for Kenya power plant

22 July 2012 (Last Updated July 22nd, 2012 18:30)

Wärtsilä has secured an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract from Gulf Power (GP), a subsidiary of Gulf Energy.

Wärtsilä has secured an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract from Gulf Power (GP), a subsidiary of Gulf Energy.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will oversee full operations and maintenance services of a new power plant to be built on the Athi River, south-east of Nairobi, Kenya.

"The power plant is designed with high operating efficiency, low generating costs, and reliability as key criteria."

Wärtsilä Services general manager South Europe and Africa A P Singh said: "Our extensive experience and know-how in O&M, together with the efficiency and reliability of the Wärtsilä equipment, will be of tremendous value in ensuring the success of this important project."

The GPL power plant will be powered by Wärtsilä engines running on heavy fuel oil and will have an electrical output capacity of 80MW.

"The power plant is designed with high operating efficiency, low generating costs, and reliability as key criteria, and these are all areas where Wärtsilä excels," said Singh.

The plant is scheduled to be complete by September 2013.