Wärtsilä will supply a 28 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Roatan Electric Company (RECO) on the island of Roatan in Honduras. The turn-key order includes four Wärtsilä 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. The power plant will be delivered on a fast-track basis and is expected to be operational by December 2016.
"Wärtsilä's solution will provide cleaner, more reliable and more efficient energy to our customers. The multi-fuel capability gives us the advantage of changing fuels in the future. We can use propane, ethane or methane, depending on cost and availability. This will directly reduce the price of electricity for consumers," says Richard Warren, Vice President and General Manager of RECO.
RECO operates in the Bay Islands just off the northern coast of Honduras, where the growing tourism industry has increased the demand for electricity. By providing a reliable supply of energy, the new power station will help to keep the lights on for tourists and locals alike.
"The infrastructure for importing, storing and handling propane is relatively simple and inexpensive. This makes propane an attractive solution for the Caribbean islands and other locations with no access to natural gas pipelines," says Sampo Suvisaari, Regional Director at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions. This is the second propane-fired power plant supplied by Wärtsilä within a year.
Wärtsilä's installed power capacity in Honduras is approximately 500 MW. This represents some 25 percent of the country's total installed capacity. In Central America and the Caribbean, Wärtsilä's installed base is 4800 MW, and globally 60 GW in 176 countries.
About Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of ultra-flexible power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for baseload, peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent renewable energy. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2016, Wärtsilä has 60 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world. For more information, visit 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 2015, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18,800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.wartsila.com.