March 29, 2017

Wärtsilä alternates power in Kenya and Indonesia

Job well done. A completed GoSol SOL5 roaster unit in the background, which uses solar concentration technology for a low-cost energy solution.
Job well done. A completed GoSol SOL5 roaster unit in the background, which uses solar concentration technology for a low-cost energy solution.
GoSol.org

Wärtsilä has struck up a co-operation with Finland-based company Solar Fire Concentration in Kenya, as part of the GoSol.org project’s efforts to eradicate energy poverty. In Indonesia, meanwhile, Wärtsilä will supply, operate and maintain five new power plants.

The GoSol.org project was initiated by Solar Fire Concentration and offers local entrepreneurs in Kenya a new off-grid energy technology called ‘solar concentration,’ that breaks the cost-barrier for thermal energy.

The national electricity access in Kenya is around 30 per cent, and only around 20 per cent in rural areas, which means a lot of households and small entrepreneurs are still dependent on biomass for energy. The GoSol solution offers a low-cost alternative.

Wärtsilä's new 140 MW power plant will be located in Bangkanai, on the island of Borneo, Indonesia.

Wärtsilä’s new 140 MW power plant will be located in Bangkanai, on the island of Borneo.

Wärtsilä

“We are pleased to be the primary sponsor of the GoSol project,” says George Oywer, business development manager of Energy Solutions at Wärtsilä. “With the GoSol project, we have an opportunity to help African micro entrepreneurs especially in the rural areas, who are the basis for a good society.”

In Indonesia, meanwhile, Wärtsilä has teamed up with the Indonesian construction company PT PP (Persero) Tbk, to supply five power plants in different regions of the country.

The contract will also see the newly-formed consortium operate and maintain the plants over a five-year period for Indonesian state utility PT PLN.

Four of the plants are gas cube power plants and will generate a total of 115 MW. In a separate order, the consortium will also supply a 140 MW power plant in Bangkanai, on the Indonesian region of Borneo.

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