Wartsila delivers Dual-Fuel Baseload Power Plant to Trinidad and Tobago

TRINIDAD – Wartsila was awarded a contract in November 2007 by Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), the national electric utility in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, to supply a dual-fuel power plant under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The contract is valued at approximately 77 million US dollars (approx. EUR 52.3 million).

This baseload power plant will be the first natural gas reciprocating engine plant of its kind in the Caribbean region.

The Wartsila power plant will be commissioned in September 2009 and it will be located at the Cove Industrial Estate in Cove on the island of Tobago. The power plant will supply electricity to Tobago and also transmit power to the main island of Trinidad via two existing 33 kV submarine cables.

The Wartsila power generating facility will be equipped with four Wartsila 18V50DF dual-fuel generator sets and a double buss bar 66 kV substation to interconnect with the T&TEC electrical grid, producing a total of more than 64 MW on natural gas and 67 MW on light fuel oil (LFO) that acts as back-up fuel.

While Trinidad is heavily industrialized, the island of Tobago is a tranquil tourist paradise best known for its rich Caribbean culture, beautiful beaches, and as a yachting haven with its many secluded bays and coves.

“This is the second power plant we are going to build for T&TEC on the island of Tobago. We are extremely delighted that Wartsila’s reciprocating gas engine technology proved to be the best solution for T&TEC, and we could provide a plant that meets their requirements for efficiency and reliability,” said Rodney George, Vice President Power Plant Sales for Wartsila Caribbean Inc.

Wartsila will also operate the Cove plant for an initial period of five years under a full operations and maintenance agreement, and this accentuates Wartsila’s ability to provide T&TEC with a lifecycle power generating solution that fulfills their need for a reliable source of power. Wartsila handles everything from equipment delivery to engineering, procurement and construction of the power plant through operation and maintenance of the plant after commissioning.

“Wartsila was selected as the EPC contractor for this new gas-fired power plant in Tobago following a rigorous tendering and evaluation process,” said Indarjit Singh, General Manager of Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission.

“With clean-burning natural gas as the primary fuel, this new dual-fired, high-efficiency plant will augment the country’s baseload generation capacity and will fully meet Tobago’s demand, presently at 40MW, for at least the next ten years.

In the mean time all excess power will be exported to Trinidad. As this new facility replaces the importation of power from Trinidad via very long transmission lines and submarine cables, transmission losses are expected to be reduced significantly whilst the voltage in Tobago will be much better controlled,” he continued.

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