Helsinki, March 1, 2012 — Wartsila signed an operation and maintenance agreement with Energetica Suape II SA in Brazil. The three-year agreement, which has the option of renewal, is a fast track, cost efficient, solution for providing operation and maintenance services with a fixed price structure. This enables the customer to accurately predict the plant's lifecycle costs.
With this new agreement, Wartsila's operation and maintenance agreements cover more than 1.8 GW of installed power generation capacity in Brazil. Globally, more than 16 GW of generating capacity in both marine and land based installations is covered by Wartsila operation and maintenance and service agreements.
The O&M agreement is for the 380 MW Suape II power plant, which is equipped with seventeen 20-cylinder Wartsila 46F engines in V-configuration, and is the biggest plant ever built by Wartsila. The plant is equipped to run on heavy fuel oil. The plant was inaugurated at the end of December 2011.
As an intermediate load plant, it will feed electricity to the national grid when fluctuations in the supply of hydropower create a need for compensatory capacity. Hydropower accounts for some 90 per cent of Brazil's electricity production, but is subject to fluctuations due to seasonal rainfall levels.
A Wartsila team will be permanently on site to operate and maintain the power plant, thus optimising the availability of the plant. All major maintenance will be performed by Wartsila's field service teams. The Wartsila team and the operators on site are well trained in Brazilian regulatory procedures in case of an order to dispatch. The scheduling of maintenance planning can be adapted according to these orders.
Wartsila has more than two decades of experience in designing and providing tailored service, maintenance and O&M agreement solutions, both for land based power generation and marine installations. Wartsila Services manages some 16 GW of generating capacity in 55 countries. In the Americas, Wartsila operates about 2.4 GW of power generation capacity.