Wärtsilä to supply dual-fuel power plant to Jordan

IPP4 JordanAn image of the proposed IPP4 Al Manakher power plant that will is to be installed next to the existing power plant in Jordan. (Image source: Wärtsilä Corporation)Wärtsilä Corporation has been contracted by AES Corporation to engineer, supply and install a power plant in Jordan in a US$244mn deal

The IPP4 Al-Manakher dual-fuel power plant will be installed next an existing AES-owned power generating facility in Amman on a fast-track, turnkey basis, and has been scheduled to be fully operational by July 2014, Wärtsilä said in a statement.

“There are a number of reasons why Wärtsilä was successful in winning this valuable contract,” claimed Wärtsilä Power Plants president Vesa Riihimäki.

“The prime reason, however, is our industry leading tri-fuel technology that provides the customer with operational and fuel flexibility, high-output efficiency, and proven reliability. Furthermore, our ability to deliver this large turnkey project within a 17-month time frame was a major reason for Wärtsilä being awarded this contract.”

The power plant, which will feature 16 of Wärtsilä's 50DF engines, will be capable of using heavy fuel oil (HFO), distillate (DFO) and natural gas as fuel.

It is expected that initially the plant will operate using HFO, but the fuel flexibility of Wärtsilä’s engine technology will enable a seamless transfer to a natural gas operation once the infrastructure for a natural gas supply is in place.

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