Wärtsilä’s Fuel Flexible Engine Power Plant will Enhance Nigerian Cement Factory’s Output and Sustainability
The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply an engine power plant based on Smart Power Generation technology that will enhance the output and reduce the carbon footprint of a Nigerian cement production facility. The 48 MW plant has been ordered by the BUA Group, following the decision to construct a new cement line in Sokoto, in northwest Nigeria. The engineering and equipment order with Wärtsilä was booked in Q1 2019.
The plant will operate without connection to grid and provide the power needed to serve the new cement line number 3 at the Sokoto cement production facility. It will operate on five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquified natural gas (LNG), but with the capability to switch to low pour fuel oil (LPFO) if necessary. Unlike the facility’s two existing power plants which operate on heavy fuel oil (HFO), the Wärtsilä solution running on clean burning LNG, will promote sustainability by having a far lower environmental impact.
Executive Chairman and CEO of the BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, said; “We can’t compromise on quality. We are known to provide quality products and services, and we recognise that Wärtsilä aligns with this vision of ours. They have an impeccable track record and can be relied on to deliver as promised. We also look forward to the opportunities this project will create for the local community and its economy.
In his remarks, Magnus Miemois, Regional Director, Wärtsilä Energy Business, stated: “Wärtsilä was able to offer an attractive value proposition that includes superior technology, high efficiency, and the ability to deliver the needed fuel flexibility. We are particularly proud to be partnering with BUA in this project, since they are a dominant player in the Nigerian economy and a major cement producer.”
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019, and the new plant is expected to become operational in mid-2020.
This latest in a string of power plant orders that Wärtsilä has received from companies in Nigeria will bring the total installed base in the country to 650 MW and more than 7,200 MW in Africa.
Caption text: The contract between Wärtsilä and BUA Group was signed by Magnus Miemois, Regional Director, Wärtsilä Energy Business, and Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman and CEO of the BUA Group.
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Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
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Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an energy system integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering comprises engine-based flexible power plants – including liquid gas systems – hybrid solar power plants, energy management systems and storage and integration solutions. We support our customers over the lifecycle of their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 70 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.