Wartsila To Convert Brazilian Oil-Fired Plant to Gas
Finland's Wartsila has won a contract to convert a Brazilian oil and gas-fired power plant to run solely on gas, it said on August 25.
Under the deal signed in July with Brazil's Companhia Energetica Manauara, the contractor will convert five existing Wartsila 46GD dual-fuel combustion engines at the Manauara power plant in Manaus to its 50SG gas engines, it said in a statement. Wartsila has also secured a 10-year operation and maintenance agreement for the project.
The revamp, due for completion at the start of 2022, will reduce the station's operating costs and raise its output, from 85 to 92 MW. It will also lessen the facility's environmental impact, cutting its CO2 emissions by 35,000 metric tons/yr.
In January Wartsila was also awarded a contract to switch the oil-based Cristiano Rocha power plant in Manaus to gas by its operator Rio Amazonas Energias.
(Pictured is the Wartsila 50df-3.)