And the company says the 30 MW combined heat and power plant will also be the first gas-fired medium-speed engine power plant in China.
In a statement, Wartsila said that the deal marks “the entry of a new technology in the market. This is a landmark project and proof that innovative, flexible and efficient power generation plays a key role in the Chinese power system.”
The Guangdong Huadian Panyu Wanbo CBD Distributed Energy Project will be located in Guangzhou and feed electricity into the national grid.
It will also provide heating and cooling to commercial office buildings and shopping malls in the area.
The plant will comprise three Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas and is scheduled to be fully operational in 2018.
It is being built for state-owned China Gezhouba Group Cooperation (CGGC). Its subsidiary CGGC UN Power is focused on distributed energy solutions such as gas engine power plants and is investing in power generation in China.
Wartsila said: “CHP plants are gaining foothold in the Chinese market, supported by the need for a reliable heat and power supply as the population increases.”
Javier Cavada, President at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions, said the plant was “a breakthrough project in two ways – firstly, we are supplying the first power plant of its kind to China. Secondly, Wartsila’s efforts to develop the Chinese market towards flexible gas powered engine power plants and CHP are showing results.”