Wartsila has received an operations and maintenance, or O&M, contract from the Al Badia Cement JSC for its captive power plant.
The plant is located within the company’s cement factory grounds in the Abu Al Shamat area, in Syria. The contract is valid for three years.
The power plant will be the sole source of electrical supply to this new cement works facility, and is currently in the process of being commissioned for operation. It is powered by five Wartsila 20V32 and one Wartsila 9L32 generating sets, and produces a total output of more than 45MW. The plant is also fitted with exhaust gas fired boilers for its auxiliary heating system, Wartsila said.
Under the terms of the agreement, Wartsila will take responsibility for operating and maintaining the power plant so that it runs cost-effectively and with optimal efficiency. In this way the customer is able to focus entirely on the company’s core business of producing 1.6Mta of cement in the first line.
In announcing the award of this agreement, Mr Khaled Al Sawaf, CEO of Al Badia Cement JSC commented: "The benefits for us in having Wartsila run this power plant are significant. Most notably it ensures that the quality of service will be high, and the fact that the costs are fixed makes budgeting that much easier. Wartsila has given us performance guarantees that will ensure that the power plant will be efficiently managed."