Wärtsilä, a well-known technology giant, will supply fuel-flexible dual-fuel engines to extend, improve, and modernize power generation for a captive power plant at Nigeria’s oldest and largest food and agro allied company, Flour Mills Nigeria. The company’s Lagos-based power plant is needed to ensure sufficient capacity and a reliable electricity supply around the clock to meet its food production requirements toward guaranteeing effective customer service delivery. The two orders according to a press statement, were booked by Wärtsilä in March and June.
The first order the release said comprised a 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine generator set and is an extension to the existing generating capacity provided by a similar Wärtsilä engine generator set that has been operating successfully since 2017, according to the statement. The second order comprised a 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF engine generator set, with efficient dual-fuel generating capacity is intended to replace the existing inefficient mono-fuel generating asset in the plant. These engine generator sets are expected to be delivered before the end of 2021 as full operation is billed for early 2022.
The multi-fuel capability of the Wärtsilä engines, which can switch seamlessly from natural gas to liquid fuel mode while running at full load, facilitates continuous supply of electricity to critical loads in the event of uncertainties in the quality and quantity of the gas supply. In addition to maximizing the availability and reliability, this inherent capability provides a valuable hedge against fuel price increases, and lends itself to accommodating future fuel infrastructure developments.
“It is always gratifying to receive repeat orders from a customer, not only because it signifies their satisfaction with our solution, but also because it cements the relationship between our companies. Operational flexibility and efficiency, which are features of the Wärtsilä engines, are becoming key issues in energy production, and are especially relevant for production facilities with a critical need for a reliable electricity supply,” says Marc Thiriet, Energy Business Director, Africa West, Wärtsilä.
The selection of fast-starting and stopping Wärtsilä engines means that should the customer have access to solar or wind power in the future, these engine generator sets can provide smart back-up generation to balance the fluctuating supply from the renewable.
Wärtsilä has a leading position in supplying flexible power generation to West Africa with 4792 MW of capacity installed, with 667 MW as Nigeria’s share of the total installation. The company has been operating in the Nigeria since 2010 with about 90 local employees.