Wartsila has been awarded a contract to supply the engineering, equipment and construction for an on-site power plant to be delivered to Saudi Arabian cement manufacturer Hail Cement.

The Finnish engine OEM will supply seven 20V32 generating sets, providing a total output of 52 MW.

The engines will run on heavy fuel oil but can switch to light fuel oil as a back-up fuel. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered during 2012, and the construction of the plant is scheduled to take approximately 15 months.

Wartsila already has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia, with almost 1400 MW of capacity installed and around 70 per cent of the Kingdom’s cement manufacturing facilities are powered by its plants.

Wartsila believes this number is likely to increase, given that power demand in Saudi Arabia is increasing by more than 7 per cent a year, and new generating capacity is being added.

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