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Wärtsilä Gas Engine Power Plant Begins Operations in Mississippi

Power News - Published on Tue, 21 Apr 2020

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A 22.7 MW flexible gas power plant delivered to Benndale in Mississippi in USA by the technology group Wärtsilä commenced commercial operations on 8 April, 2020, allowing electricity to be sold to the grid. The plant is owned by Cooperative Energy, a member owned electric cooperative, and was supplied by Wärtsilä on a full Engineering, Procurement & Construction contract. The new plant will provide flexible power generation for Cooperative Energy to extend their use of renewable energy in the future. It is also critical for reliability of the system due to the threat of hurricanes in the region.

The plant has two highly efficient Wärtsilä 31SG gas engines as prime movers. The diesel version of the Wärtsilä 31 has been recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine. The gas-driven Wärtsilä 31SG can provide simple-cycle efficiency levels in excess of 50 percent, compared to approximately 40 percent with modern gas turbines. It also has the fast-starting flexibility to respond rapidly to continuously changing load patterns, which is necessary in systems with inherently intermittent solar and wind sourced energy.The partnership between Wärtsilä and Cooperative Energy will continue via a 10-year service agreement, covering maintenance of the engines and related auxiliary equipment. The Wärtsilä lifecycle solution also includes spare parts, asset diagnostics, and response time guarantees should an unplanned event arise. This allows Cooperative Energy to focus on its core business, secure in the knowledge that the plant is available to operate when needed, and that all covered equipment is maintained to ensure the required performance.

The modular design of the Wärtsilä flexible engine power plant enables future expansion of the plant, should that be needed. Additional engines and auxiliaries could easily be added by extending the engine hall.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 21 Apr 2020
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