Engine manufacturer and supplier of flexible power plants to the decentralized power generation market, Wärtsilä, has been awarded an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for 10 years by cement manufacturer Lafarge Cement WAPCO to run its cement plant power station in Nigeria.

The O&M contract calls for Wärtsilä to undertake all aspects of operating and maintaining the on-site power plant, including labour, spare parts, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, administration, human resource services and training, technical support, logistics management and security.

Currently under construction and scheduled to be in full commercial operation in January 2011, the 100 MW power plant is located close to the city of Ewekoro, 65 km north of Lagos. The plant will supply electricity to a new cement works being built there. Lafarge Cement WAPCO will double its capacity to over 4 million tonnes of cement produced by 2011.

The power plant is a turnkey project by Wärtsilä, and will be powered by six Wärtsilä 18V50DF engines that can operate on heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil, or gas. When operational, the Ewekoro power plant will, together with other plants already delivered by Wärtsilä, bring the total combined generating capacity supplied by Wärtsilä to Nigeria to approximately 400 MWe. Wärtsilä has O&M contracts for some 150 MW of this generating capacity.