MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply four gensets to the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic.

The quartet of MAN 9L51/60 four-stroke engines will expand the existing Sund power plant near the capital Tórshavn and will run on heavy fuel oil to generate both power and heat for the district heating network on the island.

The 37 MW Sund plant is operated by Elfelagið SEV, the main power producer on the archipelago. In total, SEV operates 13 thermal and hydroelectric plants on the islands as well as a number of wind farms.

Since 2012, all the plants and many industrial-scale consumers have been linked to form a ‘virtual power plant’ that automatically balances the energy demand and supply on the islands. The MAN engines will be used as a back-up for renewable electricity generation, while the residual heat from the engines will also be utilized for heating power.

“Our engines are the ideal partner for renewable energy – they are extremely flexible in operation, have proven reliability and efficiency” said Wayne Jones, chief sales officer at MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The Faroe Islands are an autonomous region of Denmark with around 50,000 inhabitants situated in the middle of a North Atlantic triangle between Norway, Iceland and Scotland.

“As remote as the Faroe Islands may be, the set-up of the world’s first virtual power plant in 2012 was an energy industry milestone,” said Jones. “We consider hybrid power plants to be a central growth technology on the way to a world of climate-neutral energy production.”