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Wärtsilä powers cement production in Nigeria

The new facility, powered by Wärtsilä, will help address Nigeria’s increasing demand for cement. (Image source: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for a captive power plant that will provide energy for a cement facility owned by Mangal Industries in Kogi State, Nigeria

As the site has limited access to the grid due to its remote location, the power plant is critical to the facility’s production. Five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines deliver an output of 50MW and the O&M agreement will ensure that the facility can reliably maintain its production target of 3mn metric tons of cement per year.

Fahad Mangal, managing director of Mangal Industries, commented, “We are reliant on the power plant for our operations. This is why we have opted to take advantage of Wärtsilä’s depth of experience and know-how to run and maintain the power plant. Not only will the agreement provide the assured reliability we need, but it also gives us cost predictability.”

“Wärtsilä now has more than 400MW of installed capacity for the cement industry in Nigeria, and we are operating three captive power plants in three different states,” said Patrick Borstner, director, operations Africa at Wärtsilä Energy. “This successful track record clearly indicates our capabilities and highlights the added value we can deliver to our customers through our experience and expertise in supporting their operations.”

With the facility commencing operations imminently, the ten-year agreement begins immediately. It will run on liquid fuel initially but will switch to natural gas when the pipeline is commissioned. The ability to do so is due to the dual-fuel engines, which also can be converted to operate with future low-fuel or zero-carbon fuels when available.

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