Wartsila wins gas-fired power plant contract in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea‘s first utility-scale gas engine-based power plant is set to proceed after a contract was awarded this week.

Wartsila and Australian EPC partner Clough Ltd won the turnkey contract to build the 58 MW POM Power Station near Port Moresby. à‚ 

The plant is planned to run on six of Wartsila’s natural gas-fired 34SG engines and to provide baseload power for the local grid through a new 66 kV transmission line and substation network. à‚ 

Under the terms of the contract, Wartsila will provide the gas engines, generators and auxiliary equipment, while Clough will be responsible for the remaining plant equipment, installation and construction.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2018, and is part of an infrastructure building programme being developed by NiuPower, a 50/50 joint venture between two oil & gas firms, state-owned Kumul Petroleum Holdings and Oil Search Power Holdings. à‚ 

Gas for the plant will be supplied by ExxonMobil’s $19bn PNG LNG project, in which Kumul Petroleum holds a 16.57 share and Oil Search has a stake of 29 per cent.

Michael Krause, project director at NiuPower, said the project will represent “an important addition to the country’s power supply capabilities” and would produce “a state-of-the art facility that will support our grid and, at the same time, be environmentally sustainable.”

Sushil Purohit, Wartsila Energy Solutions’ vice-president for the Middle East, Asia & Australia, added that the project “typifies the needs of today’s electricity generating market with high efficiency, low lifecycle costs, and environmental sustainability being the key requirements”. à‚ 

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