CONSTRUCTION OF WARTSILA 378 MW PLANT COMMENCES IN EL SALVADOR
The technology group Wartsila commenced site work for a new 378 MW power plant being supplied on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract in El Salvador. This facility, ordered by Energia del Pacifico, will be the largest and most efficient power plant in El Salvador, and one of the first in Central America to be fired by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The installation will feed electricity to the national grid. A dedicated floating LNG import terminal will be built at the same location.
This new terminal represents an important addition to El Salvador’s energy infrastructure with clean, cheaper, and efficient power generation in the country. Today, close to 50 percent of the 1600 MW generation capacity in El Salvador is based on oil fuel. The new environmentally friendly Wartsila Smart Power Generation plant will, thanks to the high efficiency level of the Wartsila 50SG engine, serve to lower the price of electricity locally. Furthermore, air quality will be improved since LNG fuel produces 30 percent less carbon emissions, and 99 percent less sulphur dioxide emissions, than conventional oil fuel.
The power plant will operate on nineteen Wartsila 50SG engines and a steam turbine in combined cycle, reaching a net plant efficiency of close to 50 percent. Wartsila’s DryFlexicycle technology, which consumes zero cooling water, will be employed thereby enhancing even further the sustainability of the project. Wartsila will also provide operation and maintenance services.
“This project marks an important milestone in the development of the country’s energy mix by utilising clean natural gas, and through the highly reliable, efficient, and flexible power offered by Wartsila’s multi-unit Flexicycle solution,” said Alejandro Alle, Managing Director of Energía del Pacifico.
“The starting of this project is the result of many years of work. The Wartsila plant will bring important benefits to El Salvador by enabling clean, efficient, and flexible power generation that will, because of its fast-starting capability, complement and facilitate increasing amounts of renewable energy in the system,” said Sampo Suvisaari, Regional Director, Latin America North and the Caribbean, Wartsila Energy Business. (Source: Wartsila)
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