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Wärtsilä offers automation improve for iconic power plant in Cameroon

The know-how group Wärtsilä will perform an upgrading project of the electrical and automation systems to make sure optimal reliability of the Kribi energy plant in the Republic of Cameroon.
The 216 MW plant has been in operation for nearly ten years, operating with thirteen Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines working primarily on pure fuel. At the time of commissioning, it was the most important gasoline engine power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wärtsilä may even assist the customer’s operational and maintenance efficiency with a 10-year long-term service agreement.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed by Kribi power improvement company (KPDC), a subsidiary of Globeleq, an impartial power producer (IPP) and the owner and operator of power generating services throughout Africa. The order shall be booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q3/2022.
“The Kribi power plant has a significant role throughout the African vitality sector. It is still at present supplying two-thirds of the thermal energy in Cameroon. Cameroon’s energy system depends heavily on hydropower, but has uncertain assets of water. The Kribi plant, due to this fact, plays a key role in guaranteeing a provide of secure, cheap, and reliable vitality. For this purpose we are keen to upgrade the ability plant’s automation techniques to the latest design to make sure optimal reliability, and to strengthen our cooperation with Wärtsilä, leveraging their competences on a steady basis inside the framework of the long-term service agreement,” commented Gionata Visconti, Chief Operating Officer, Globeleq.
“Wärtsilä has a strong regional presence, which permits us to provide valuable technical help that optimises engine performance and maximises the manufacturing capabilities of this energy plant which has such a major position in Cameroon’s power supply. We are additionally in a position to ensure the supply of important spare components, and this is an important factor inside the long-term service settlement between our firms. All in all, it is a essential project, both for the shopper and for Wärtsilä,” stated Markus Ljungkvist, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä Energy.
The project is scheduled to start in 2023. To make certain the continuity of the plant’s output, the work shall be carried out on one engine at a time. The long-term service settlement consists of remote operational support, maintenance planning, technical advisory and distant troubleshooting providers, in addition to spare elements.
Long-term service agreements are an integral a half of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle services providing. They are based on utilisation of the newest digital technologies, and supported by the company’s in depth know-how and understanding of power generation installations.
เกวัดแรงดัน has altogether supplied 550 MW of generating capability to the Republic of Cameroon, and seven.5 GW to the whole of Africa, of which greater than 25 per cent are coated by Wärtsilä service agreements.
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