Wartsila, a supplier of power plant solutions, will engineer, supply and install a power plant to Jordan. The order has been placed by AES Corp., a U.S.-based independent power producer that owns and operates a diverse portfolio of electricity generation and distribution businesses around the world. The value of the contract is about $244 million.
The power plant will supply electricity to the country's national grid. The power plant will be running on a total of 16 Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines. It will be capable of using heavy fuel oil (HFO), distillate or natural gas as fuel.
The plant will initially operate using oil, but Wartsila's engine technology will enable a transfer to natural gas operation once the infrastructure for a natural gas supply is in place.
This power plant order is the latest that Wartsila has received from Jordan within a short period of time. The government of Jordan is currently re-structuring and upgrading its national electricity grid to ensure that a reliable power supply is available throughout the country.
This will be the third power plant that Wartsila has delivered to the country. A 50 MW plant is already in use and is being operated and maintained by Wartsila personnel under an operations and maintenance agreement. A 573 MW power plant project is under construction and is expected to be operational in 2014.
AES has a number of projects with Wartsila power plant solutions, with three other power plants either already installed or in the process of being installed, in Africa.