Wärtsilä supplies power plant to Michigan
Wärtsilä will supply a 50 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) in Michigan, USA.
The contract includes three 50DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on natural gas, with light fuel oil as back-up. The equipment will be delivered in the autumn of 2016 and the plant is scheduled to be fully operational in early 2017.
Marquette is located at the far end of the electricity grid, and the ability to import power to the area is very limited. According to the executive director of MBLP, Paul Kitti, the black start capability and instant ramping of the Wärtsilä units will be a highly appreciated aid in keeping the lights on around the year – especially during the winter when temperatures can drop to -40 Celsius.
In addition, the power plant will serve as a new source of income for MBLP.
“Thanks to the ability to bring up the Smart Power Generation plant in less than 5 minutes, we will be able to follow spikes in the electricity price and sell power to the grid,” says Kitti.
MBLP is a municipal electric utility serving approximately 17 000 customers in Marquette county in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.