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Wärtsilä to build 120 MW gas power plant in Gabon

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Wärtsilä has signed a deal with the Government of Gabon for the development, construction and operation of a 120 MW gas power plant.
Together with the Gabon Power Company (GPC) will build the plant under a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract and will then operate and maintain the plant under a long-term 15-year agreement.
The plant will be located at the industrial site of Owendo, close to Libreville, the country’s capital.
When commissioned, the plant will supply electricity to Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon (SEEG), the Gabonese utility for 15 years.
The project represents one of the largest of its kind in Sub-Sahara Africa and a sizeable energy infrastructure project for Gabon.
“This is a major and very comprehensive project that will deliver sustainable energy at a competitive price. It highlights many of Wärtsilä’s strengths, including the efficiency and flexibility of our generating sets, our EPC capabilities, our project development skills with insight into the financing arrangements, and our lifecycle support through long-term O&M agreements,” said Nicolas Mathon, director, project development, Africa and Europe, Wärtsilä Energy and managing director, Orinko SA.
“The project also emphasises the leadership role that Wärtsilä plays in moving the industry towards a decarbonised future by delivering solutions that enable a transition to renewable energy.”
Wärtsilä’s installed base in West Africa comprises 440 plants with 946 engines producing 4928 MW in 34 countries.
In Gabon, Wärtsilä has a long-term presence from projects delivered and contracted with SEEG and private energy intensive companies.