Wartsila secures contract for improved gas-powered reciprocating engine

July 16, 2002 — Wartsila North America announced recently that it has received an order for the improved PeakingPlusT, a pre-engineered and pre-packaged gas-fired power plant.

Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA), a Colorado-based public corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado, has contracted with Wartsila for the purchase of a 7 megawatt PeakingPlus plant located in Raton, New Mexico for use as intermediate peaking and backup for a 7.5 MW coal-fired boiler.

ARPA’s PeakingPlus plant will use the 20V34SG engine, which is similar to Wartsila’s 18V34SG with the addition of two cylinders. Typical of Wartsila’s intermediate peaking plants, it will operate up to 5,000 hours per year and is expected to increase reliability of service to the City of Raton, an ARPA member, once the installation is completed in the first quarter of 2003.

“This contract solidifies the continued growth and success of the PeakingPlus product. With the two additional cylinders on the Wartsila 34 SG engine, this Raton plant will enable ARPA to overcome critical issues — output, emissions and continued peak performance,” said Frank Donnelly, vice president of power plants for Wartsila North America.

“PeakingPlus was chosen for its faster implementation times, lower operating costs and more control, especially when demand for electricity is at its highest.”

Introduced in October 2000, PeakingPlus is a line of pre-engineered power plants that allows users to generate their own power when electricity demand is at its highest. Wartsila has won orders for more than 250 megawatts of PeakingPlus plants in the last two years. Developed to address the unique peak and intermediate energy requirements of the United States, PeakingPlus is the first reciprocating engine plant tailored to the larger scale gas-fired peaking market.

Compared to the traditional technology used in similar U.S. power plants, Wartsila’s reciprocating engines offer faster delivery times; a scalable design that more closely matches the customers needs; no continuous water requirements; and an approximate 23 percent increase in efficiency.

Wartsila Corporation, based in Helsinki, Finland, is a major provider of solutions for distributed power generation, and a leading ship power supplier. Wartsila provides complete turnkey power plants ranging from one to 300 megawatts. The company’s natural gas-fired peaking product is PeakingPlus, a line of pre-engineered plants. Wartsila’s network company in North America is headquartered in Annapolis, MD. For more information on Wartsila, visit the corporate Web site at www.wartsila.com.

The Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) was established in 1979 as a joint action agency and political subdivision of the State of Colorado. Headquartered in Lamar, Colorado, ARPA serves its municipal member systems of Holly, La Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad, Colorado, and Raton, New Mexico.

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