Wärtsilä has been awarded a turnkey contract to supply a power station for the Kipevu III thermal power project in Mombasa, Kenya.

The plant will generate 117MWe and supply electricity to the national grid.

The contract, supplied by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen), was signed in November and the plant is scheduled to be operational in January 2011.

Wärtsilä will supply seven of its Wärtsilä 18V46 engines, initially to be run on heavy fuel oil, to provide the generating capacity for flexible baseload supply.

On completion the Kipevu III project is expected to have a total generating capacity in excess of 350MW.