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Source: Energy Voice

By Ed Reed

Wärtsilä has signed a long-term optimised maintenance agreement with a Nigerian company, covering three locations.

The power technology company said it had reached the five-year agreement with privately owned Paras Energy.

The maintenance deal covers three plants, with total output of 132 MW, from Wärtsilä 34SG gas-fuelled engines.

“We have worked successfully with Wärtsilä for twelve years, during which time we have developed a strong spirit of mutual respect and trust. Until now we have managed and maintained these plants ourselves, but as we grow and expand our operations we are convinced that Wärtsilä’s professional approach will provide the support needed as we develop our core business,” said Paras Energy & Natural Resources’ managing director Yashwant Kumar.

Wärtsilä’s vice president for Africa and Europe, Björn Ullbro, said the deal married the company’s expertise and experience “with state-of-the art digital technology to create unparalleled customer value. We are excited and honoured to take this step with an energy thought leader like Paras Energy.”

The maintenance work is intended to ensure availability and efficiency, in addition to improved cost predictability.

Paras opted to choose Wärtsilä’s gas engines, rather than gas turbines, in 2009. Wärtsilä said this decision was in line with Nigeria’s integrated energy mix plans.

The technology is flexible and can adjust to meet changing needs, Wärtsilä said. The gas engines’ water consumption is low.