In its first power generation project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Wartsila is to supply a 39 MW gas fuelled plant for powering industrial consumers in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

Wartsila’s contract with the independent utility Utico FZC covers the equipment and engineering for a 39 MW plant powered by four 20-cylinder Wartsila 34SG generating sets fuelled by natural gas.

The power plant is expected to operate from spring 2012, and will be used to supply electricity to companies in the surrounding area. Wartsila describes the plant as the Middle East’s first to be fuelled by gas engines, as well as the company’s first power project in the UAE.

Rapid industrial growth and real estate development are now driving up electricity demand in Ras al Khaimah, a relatively small and largely rural emirate with a population of about 300,000.

“As part of its expansion [of] this almost 40 MW project to 80 MW – and eventually to 100 MW – Utico has chosen Wartsila to provide it with the efficiencies and higher reliability it seeks in the power sector,” said Richard Menzes, vice chairman of Utico.

Utico describes itself as the largest full service, independently held private utility in the UAE, providing utility services, including electricity generation, transmission and distribution. The firm’s largest projects are a 22.4 MIGD (million imperial gallon per day) seawater desalination plant, a 40 MW gas fired power plant, a 10 000 TR (tons of refrigeration) chilled water system, 120 km of transmission network, and more than 150 km of distribution network.

Wartsila LLC, located in Dubai, UAE, is a fully equipped service office and workshop with more than 300 employees.

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