WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ receives major power plant order from Turkey
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Corporation, Trade & Technical press release, 3 March 2011
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ will supply the world's largest gas engines for a new Turkish power
plant with a combined output of 135 MW. When the project is completed,
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s generating capacity in Turkey will exceed 3 GW. Approximately 85 per
cent of these plants will be running on natural gas.
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤, a leading global supplier of flexible power plants and services to the
global power generation market, has received an order to supply engines for a
new power plant in Turkey. The scope of supply covers seven WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 18V50SG
natural gas fuelled engines with a combined output of 135 MW of electricity. The
order has been placed by Odas Elektrik Uretim, an independent power producer
(IPP) for its new plant at Urfa in south eastern Turkey. The plant is scheduled
for completion in the fall 2011, and will supply power to the national grid.
The WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 18V50SG spark-ignited gas engine is the largest gas powered
combustion engine generating set in the world. It reaches an exceptionally high
power plant net efficiency rating of more than 50 per cent in combined cycle
mode. The engine was introduced in autumn 2010. The very first installation also
took place in Turkey where there is a need to rapidly increase efficient
"WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s solution was the best under the ambient conditions of the region,"
comments Mr Burak Altay, General Manager, Odas Elektrik Uretim. "The short
delivery time, high electrical efficiency, technical support and the design
capability convinced us to place the order with WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤."
"WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ has a strong presence in Turkey, and this latest order reinforces our
position in this market," commented Ufuk Berk, Managing Director, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤
Turkey. "When this project is completed, our generating capacity in Turkey will
exceed 3 GW. Approximately 85 per cent of these plants will be running on
natural gas. The success of the WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 50SG engine emphasises the strength of
our technology in the field of gas and dual-fuel engines. It is an exceptionally
efficient and flexible power generator, and it significantly contributes to the
environmental sustainability of modern power systems."
A new industry benchmark
The WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 18V50SG engine has been developed in response to the increasing
market demand from power producers for larger gas engines enabling constructing
of power plants with outputs of up to 500 MW. It has the same proven gas
technology as the smaller WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 34SG engine, but incorporates improvements
that maximize the power potential of the engine. This increases the engine's
output to more than 18 MW per unit.
The efficiency level of the natural gas fuelled WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 18V50SG engine is the
highest of any gas engine available today, and as such sets a new benchmark for
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ has been present in Turkey since 1994 when the first units were
delivered. Today more than 300 WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ engines are installed. WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤
currently provides sales and service to its customers from two locations in
Turkey and employs more than 120 people. A third workshop is scheduled to be
opened later this year, after which the total number of WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ employees in
Turkey will increase to around 160.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Ufuk Berk
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Enpa Dis Tic A.S.
Tel: +90 216 4945050
Ms Tuula Franck
Senior Manager, Media & Stakeholder Relations
Tel: +358Â 400Â 267Â 555
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ in brief
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine
and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ maximises the environmental and economic performance of the
vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2010, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s net sales
totalled EURÂ 4.6 billion with more than 17,500 employees. The company has
operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ is listed
on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
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