Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 170MW gas-fired power plant, to be installed in Antelope Station located near Abernathy, Texas, US.

The contract was signed with consumer-owned public utility Golden Spread Electric Cooperative.

The power plant is to be located close to significant wind farm generation, and will serve to stabilise the grid when the output from the wind farms changes unexpectedly due to weather changes, Wärtsilä said.

”The quick start and rapid response characteristics of this plant will assist in assuring high grid reliability, while providing competitive energy to GSEC members,” said President of Wärtsilä North America, Frank Donnelly.

The new power plant will incorporate 18 Wärtsilä 20V34SG generating sets, along with mechanical, electrical and control auxiliaries, switchgear and exhaust emission controls.