Wärtsilä to service United Cement Co's power plant in Nigeria

Wärtsilä  to service United Cement Co's power plant in Nigeria
Published: 15 November 2012

Wärtsilä has signed a three year Operations & Maintenance (O&M) agreement covering the United Cement Company of Nigeria Ltd (UniCem) power plant. This is an extension to the current three year O&M contract expiring in 2012.
 
The power plant provides electricity to United Cement Company's Mfamosing cement plant, located north east of Calabar in Nigeria's Cross River State. It has a cement capacity of 2.5Mta. The 47MW UniCem power plant is capable of operating on either natural gas or heavy fuel oil and is powered by three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines.
 
Under the terms of the new contract, Wärtsilä will continue providing the UniCem plant with expert operational and maintenance support, as well as all the required related technology and engineering expertise. In addition, Wärtsilä will ensure the timely and accurate delivery of parts to support maintenance activities, thereby further contributing to the availability of the power plant. Through close co-operation with the customer, Wärtsilä has customised a complete service programme that will offer UniCem the level of support that best suits its needs.
 
"This service agreement extension is important for Wärtsilä as it indicates the good co-operation between the two parties, and UniCem's overall satisfaction with Wärtsilä's performance," says AP Singh, general manager, Wärtsilä Solutions Support Services, South Europe & Africa. "In taking responsibility for operating and maintaining the power plant, Wärtsilä utilises its extensive know-how, and implements its global best practices and expertise to maintain the high level of reliability and performance that the customer has come to expect."
 
An O&M agreement is a comprehensive form of asset management. Typically, O&M agreements can be tailored to cover the entire scope of operational, management, and maintenance services, as well as providing the installation with performance guarantees.