Wärtsilä will supply a 67 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Mauritius. The order includes four Wärtsilä 46 engines running on heavy fuel oil. The equipment will be delivered in late 2016, and the plant is scheduled to be operational by September 2017.
Economic growth and a growing tourism industry have caused an increase in energy consumption in Mauritius. To meet the rising demand, the retired diesel generating sets at the St Louis Power Station will be replaced with Wärtsilä engines. The reliability of the grid is extremely important for an insular country like Mauritius. The modernised power station will provide semi-baseload power, including daily starts and stops, to the local residents and industries.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the country has set a target of having renewable energy comprise 35% of the total power generated by 2025. “By compensating for the gaps in the intermittent output of renewable sources, this fast-reacting plant will be able to support in renewable energy integration,” says Joost Bos, Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä.
Upon completion of this project, Wärtsilä and BWSC’s joint track record in Mauritius will be a significant 200 MW, which represents some 25 percent of the country’s total capacity. In Africa, Wärtsilä’s total installed base is 6500 MW in 46 countries.