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Wärtsilä supplying LNG dual-fuel engines for Nigerian plant

Wärtsilä will deliver engines for a power plant serving a cement production facility in Nigeria, the company announced Wednesday.

The 48-MW power plant was ordered by the BUA Group. Wärtsilä will supply five 34DF dual-fuel engines mainly running on liquified natural gas (LNG), but they can switch to fuel oil when necessary.

“Wärtsilä was able to offer an attractive value proposition that includes superior technology, high efficiency, and the ability to deliver the needed fuel flexibility,” Magnus Miemois, regional director for Wärtsilä’s energy business, said in a statement. “We are particularly proud to be partnering with BUA in this project, since they are a dominant player in the Nigerian economy and a major cement producer.”

The plant will operate without connection to grid and provide the power needed to serve the new cement line number 3 at the Sokoto cement production facility. The new line will be the first to run on cleaner burning LNG primarily.

“We can’t compromise on quality,” Abdul Samad Rabiu, executive Chairman and CEO of the BUA Group, said. “We are known to provide quality products and services, and we recognise that Wärtsilä aligns with this vision of ours. They have an impeccable track record and can be relied on to deliver as promised. We also look forward to the opportunities this project will create for the local community and its economy

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019, and the new plant is expected to become operational in mid-2020.

This latest in a string of power plant orders that Finland’s Wärtsilä has received from companies in Nigeria will bring the total installed base in the country to 650 MW and more than 7,200 MW in Africa.