Wärtsilä to help power Southern India
Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä is to supply a 40 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) in Southern India.
The LNG-fired plant will be located close to the city of Kochi, and is the first dedicated peaking power station ordered by a state utility in India. Kerala currently has a peak power deficit of approximately 300 MW.
“Wärtsilä engines have very high simple cycle efficiency,” says Susan Jacob, chief engineer at KSEBL. “They are ideal for peaking power because they are capable of quick starts and stops. They provide the operational flexibility we need.”
The plant will comprise of four Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, a first for KSEBL. This switch from low sulphur heavy stock oil to natural gas will bring about a 25 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions.
The power station is being delivered on a turnkey basis, and is to be commissioned by April 2017.