(Photo: Baseload power plant of Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao. Courtesy Wärtsilä)
Wärtsilä has completed and handed over operations of two power plant projects installed in the Dominican Republic totaling more 60 MW of electricity generation capacity for the island nation.
Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM), a privately owned utility company, ordered a 51 MW power plant from Wärtsilä to be delivered on a fast-track, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis in the end of 2017. The project was completed in less than one year.
The baseload power plant will deliver a reliable supply of electricity to hotels, restaurants, local industries and residential customers in the popular tourist resorts of the Punta Cana-Bávaro and Bayahibe areas.
The power is provided by three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, which will operate primarily on natural gas when it becomes locally available. The plant will also provide steam for thermal customers. CEPM is an established customer having earlier ordered various power plant projects from Wärtsilä.
“We know Wärtsilä and have complete confidence in their technology, and their ability to deliver a highly reliable and efficient solution on a fast-track schedule,” commented Roberto Herrera, Executive Director and Country Manager for InterEnergy Holdings, CEPM’s parent company.
Wärtsilä has also handed over a 9.16 MW extension to the Grupo Punta Cana power plants delivered in 2005 and 2014. The latest project involved the installation of a Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine capable of operating on natural gas, heavy fuel oil (HFO), or diesel. The project also made available all the common auxiliaries required for an extra engine to be added later if required, thereby enabling a reserve for future extra capacity.