Southern Power and Wartsila to Develop Gas Power Plants

By Editors of Power Engineering

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and Wartsila have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop two flexible gas power plant projects as large as 450 MW each. Southern Power will lead the development.

“Renewables are an important part of a diverse energy mix, and flexible generation complements the rapid growth of intermittent renewables,” said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. “This agreement is an early stage in a lengthy process, but we believe this technology could be an excellent solution for our customers, and for many others in the marketplace that we hope to serve through this relationship.”

The move aligns with Southern Power’s plan to strengthen its wholesale business by acquiring and building new generating assets covered by long-term contracts. Southern Power now has a portfolio of more than 12,600 MW, including 9,000 of gas generation and over 3,000 MW of renewable generation.

“In the USA we are seeing a large demand for flexible generation and Wartsila provides the most efficient and fastest starting solution making this the ideal investment for customers to serve the need for flexibility. We are excited to be teaming with Southern Power, a leader in the development, installation and operation of electric power facilities with a proven track record operational reliability and safety,”  said President at Wartsila Energy Solutions President Javier Cavada.

Wartsila now has an installed base of more than 3,000 GW in the United States, with a worldwide base of 63 GW in 176 countries.