Wartsila, a global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions and services, signed an operations and maintenance agreement with Central Termica de Ressano Garcia, owned by Sasol New Energy from South Africa and the Mozambique state utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).
The Central Termica de Ressano Garcia plant will be powered by a total of 18 Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas, with the gas being fed from the Pande and Temane gas fields. The power plant is scheduled for completion by May 2014, and the electricity produced will be sold to EDM.
Once completed, the power plant will contribute to Mozambique's power generating infrastructure, and will help meet the country's growing demand for electricity. Furthermore, because of its low emissions this project will be a major advance in developing low carbon electricity generation in the region.
Globally, more than 17 GW of generating capacity in both marine and land based installations — a total of 544 installations — is covered by Wartsila's asset management and other service agreements. 28 such agreements are in Africa.