13 Mar 2002 – A change in legislation in Hungary which has enabled district heating companies to sell electricity to the national grid has led to Finland’s Wärtsilä winning three power plant orders from district heating companies.

The law change permits electricity below 20 MW to be sold to the grid and enables the utilities to diversify their commercial activities in electricity production.

Wärtsilä have signed contacts with Sinergy Kft, one of the leading investment companies in Hungary, to supply engines for two new power plants in Kazincbarcika and Tiszaújváros. The two plants will use to 18V220SG gas engines at Kazincbarcika and three 18V220SG gas engines at Tiszaújváros with 3.2Mwe power per unit to generate electricity.

Wärtsilä expects to make delivery by April and production is scheduled to commence during September 2002. Wärtsilä and Sinergy have also agreed a ten-tear maintenance agreement.

In the third contract, Györhö District Heating Company, which supplies heat to the City of Györ, chose Wärtsilä to supply two 18V4SG gas engines for their new power plant. The engines will produce a planned output of 10 920 kWth and kWe. A maintenance deal has also been signed and the plant will be fully operational in October 2002.

The contracts represent Wärtsilä’s first significant power plant projects in Hungary