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Wärtsilä to build dual-fuel plant for Guyana’s GPL

  • 6 months ago (2020-03-12)
  • David Flin
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Wärtsilä has signed an EPC contract with electric utility Guyana Power and Light (GPL). Under the contract, Wärtsilä will build a dual-fuel power plant with 46.5MW capacity. The plant will be constructed at the Garden of Eden generating complex in Guyana.

The power plant will be equipped with five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines, which will operate on liquid fuel and natural gas. These are due to be delivered later this year.

In addition, Wärtsilä will integrate a 69kV substation within the existing Garden of Eden substation.

Once completed, the power plant will enhance Guyana’s electricity system and support future renewables integration into the grid.

Albert Gordon, CEO of Guyana Power & Light, said: “Our electricity demand is expected to grow at a significant rate during the next two years, and this new power plant will be the first step in addressing this growth. It will also allow us to retire older and less efficient generating units, including several that use expensive LFO. When this plant is completed, the additional generating capacity will result in improved system reliability and reduced fuel costs, which will translate into reduced tariff requirements and will support our plans for adding PV solar and wind-based power generation to our system.”