Nigerian cement plant to get on-site power

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 100 MW multi-fuel power plant at a cement works in Ewekoro, some 70 km from Lagos in Nigeria.

The order comes from Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Lafarge SA of France.

Comprising six Wärtsilä 18V50DF engines that can operate on either heavy fuel oil (HFO), light fuel oil (LFO) or gas, the turnkey project will supply electricity to both Lafarge WAPCO’s existing cement works, and a new cement plant currently under construction.

When installed, the new plant will make the plants independent of the fluctuating supply from the grid. Wärtsilä is also currently negotiating a subsequent operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement.

Commenting on this latest order, Joost Bos, business development manager, Wärtsilä Power Plants in Nigeria said: ‘Industrial customers ask for solutions that overcome challenges of power supply problems and possible disruptions in the gas supply. Understandably, industries want to minimize the negative impact on their processes. There is, therefore, a clear need for a low cost power supply that is able to meet the demand of heavy industrial processes.’

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