The Finnish company will deliver the engines later this year to the St Louis Power Station, which has previously operated on diesel generating sets. The upgraded 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. Wartsila said: “The reliability of the grid is extremely important for an insular country like Mauritius. The modernized power station will provide semi-baseload power, including daily starts and stops, to the local residents and industries.”
Mauritius has set a target of having renewables comprise 35 per cent 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,” said Joost Bos, Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä.
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