Wärtsilä reaches seven gigawatts installed power capacity milestone in Africa

WartsilaATRNov2521With more than 600 power plants commissioned in 46 African countries, Wärtsilä  is set to expand its position as one of the leading providers of power generation solutions in the continent

Wärtsilä is the undisputed leader today in the medium-speed power engine market in Africa. This strong track record, built up over decades, has its roots in a dedicated local presence combined with the capability to bring together international expertise to build groundbreaking energy solutions.

With more than 650 employees and service hubs located in Kenya, South Africa, and Senegal, Wärtsilä have contributed to many industry firsts including Africa’s largest gas engine power plant on the Kribi coast of Cameroon with 216MW capacity, as well as Africa’s highest installation, the 175 MW power plant in Sasolburg, South Africa, sitting at 1,700 meters above sea level. KivuWatt power plant in Rwanda is another first and is the first ever power plant to use the naturally occurring methane from lake Kivu to generate electricity and reduce the environmental risks associated with such high concentrations of gas. 

Wärtsilä’s reciprocating gas engine technology and innovative energy management systems play an important role in response to Africa’s growing demand for flexible and reliable electricity. Small to medium size projects can be used to establish microgrids in remote regions. Their flexibility means that they can work hand in hand with renewable energy resources. Output can be ramped up at the same rate as wind or solar output fluctuates.

One example is the 15MWp hybrid engine-solar PV power plant for the Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso: The combination of low-cost renewables with flexible engine solutions enables energy intensive industries to enter an era of more cost efficient and climate friendly operations.

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