Wärtsilä to deliver 203 MW gas power plant to Texas cooperative

14 January 2008 — Wärtsilä Corp. was awarded an equipment supply contract by South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC). The contract for a 202.5 MW gas-fired power plant is worth over $100 million.

Located on a south Texas brownfield site, Pearsall Power Plant will be equipped with 24 Wärtsilä 20V34SG engines, including all related mechanical and electrical auxiliaries, SCR’s, installation and commissioning support and training. Burns & McDonnell, Inc. of Kansas City will assist with engineering, permitting and construction management activities.

The plant will be connected to the ERCOT grid and supply power and ancillary services to STEC’s eight cooperative members, helping to serve their 750 MW peak load. The plant should run about 4,000 hours a year. The first 75 MW of the Pearsall Power Plant is expected to enter commercial operation in late 2009, with the remaining 128 MW beginning commercial operation by the end of 2010.