Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has won a contract from Drewag, a utility company in Dresden, Germany, for a combined heat and power engine power plant (CHP).
Wärtsilä will deliver the Dresden-Reick power plant project on an EPC basis, and also maintain the plant under a company guaranteed asset performance solution for 10 years, with an option for a five-year extension.
Performance targets will be determined based on measured data and the firm will ensure that the targets are met and maintained throughout the duration of the agreement.
The power plant will feature eight Wärtsilä 31SG engines, which will operate on natural gas and deliver output of approximately 90MW.
The high efficiency and flexibility of the company’s 31SG engine, and the ability of the power plant solution to deliver electricity and district heating simultaneously are said to be major factors in the award of the contract.
The company’s 31SG engines are capable of reaching full output from start-up in a matter of minutes. As a result, they can provide immediate balancing of the grid as the system utilizes more energy from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar.
Drewag managing director Frank Brinkmann said: “The state-of-the-art gas engine technology provided by Wärtsilä is designed to produce minute-to-minute power when it is most valuable.
“It is equipped with the highest level of efficiency and emission control systems to supply safe, clean, and affordable energy for the state capital for the coming decades.”
The Dresden-Reick plant is scheduled to commence operations in 2021.
Wärtsilä energy business Europe vice-president Melle Kruisdijk said: “This is the second major combined heat and power engine power plant that Wärtsilä is building in Germany, and the first with our new Wärtsilä 31SG engines.
“DREWAG is well known as a leader in applying the latest and most progressive technologies. This contract represents, therefore, a valuable endorsement of Wärtsilä as Energy System Integrator.”