Helsinki, July 17, 2012 — Wartsila, won a contract to supply a 384 MW gas power plant to Azerbaijan. In terms of output, this is the largest single power plant order that Wartsila has received to date.
When completed, the Boyuk Shor power plant located close to the capital Baku, will be operated by Azerenerji JSC, the state-owned utility. The order is included in Wartsila's second quarter 2012 order book.
Wartsila's scope of supply will be 21 Wartsila 50SG engines running on natural gas, related auxiliaries and process equipment. The plant is scheduled to be operational in autumn 2013, and will supply electricity to the Baku regional grid.
Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea region, is an important and growing energy market. Wartsila has been present in Azerbaijan since the middle of 1990's. Wartsila has already supplied seven power plants in Azerbaijan, producing a total of over 860 MW of power generating capacity.
The Wartsila 50SG is a four-stroke, spark-ignited gas engine operating on the Otto cycle and incorporating the lean-burn principle. It has been designed using the proven gas technology used in the smaller Wartsila 34SG engine. An important feature of this engine is its exceptionally high power plant net electrical efficiency rating — more than 50 percent in combined-cycle mode.