The inauguration of the Musandam Independent Power Project (IPP) power plant in northern Oman, supplied and built by the technology group Wärtsilä, took place on November 13. The ceremony was attended by executives from the plant owners, Musandam Power Company (MPC), and Wärtsilä. The 120 MW generating facility will contribute to the overall economic development of the Musandam Governorate.
The Musandam Governorate is a rapidly developing region, and the Wärtsilä Smart Power Generation plant will provide much needed grid stability. In addition to providing a sustainable and reliable electricity supply to support the region's economic development, the plant will also provide significant environmental benefits by operating on associated gas from local oil wells, which would otherwise be flared into the atmosphere.
The plant was delivered by Wärtsilä on a turnkey contract. Power is generated by 15 Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on gas but capable of switching to light fuel oil if necessary. The efficient 34DF engines can reliably operate in high humidity and ambient temperatures that can reach 50 degrees C in the region. The Smart Power Generation plant also requires almost no water for cooling, which was an important consideration in the selection of the Wärtsilä solution.
In officially opening the facility, Salim Al Hashmi, Project Director, Musandam Power Company, stated: "This plant is a central part of the major integrated development of the Musandam Governorate. The project will play a significant role in meeting the power needs of the region's current and upcoming industries, while at the same time benefiting the local community."
In his speech, Mr Sushil Purohit, Vice President, Middle East, Asia and Australia, Energy Solutions, said: "We are proud to showcase the capabilities of Wärtsilä's Smart Power Generation in meeting the region's strict grid code requirements. We are proud that we can also contribute to a cleaner environment by lowering CO2 emissions through our advanced technology. We congratulate MPC and the Omani authorities for their vision and foresight in developing and supporting this project."
Wärtsilä was recognized for its protection of the environment with an award from Oman's Ministry of Environment and Climatic Affairs.
The plant will be operated and maintained by Wärtsilä under an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreement. This will involve employing local Omani nationals.
About Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global energy system integrator offering a broad range of environmentally sound solutions. Our offering includes ultra-flexible internal combustion engine based power plants, utility-scale solar PV power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. The flexible and efficient Wärtsilä solutions provide customers with superior value and enable a transition to a more sustainable and modern energy system. As of 2017, Wärtsilä has 65 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world. For more information, visit https://www.smartpowergeneration.com/.
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. For more information, visit https://www.wartsila.com/.