14 Jan 2002 – Finnish industrial conglomerate Wärtsilä Corporation has won a €130m order from Duke Energy to supply a power plant in Guatemala, which it said today was its most valuable plant order to date.

The first part of the order will be delivered to Duke Energy International Guatemala Operaciones Limitada (DEI) later this year with phase two of the 160 MW plant scheduled for completion in 2003. The plant will be located in San Jose and will use heavy fuel oils initially although it will be capable of operation using advanced emulsified fuel.

Thomas Carbone, president of Wärtsilä North America Inc said, “Wärtsilä is also negotiating with DEI to provide operation and maintenance services to the power plant”.

Wärtsilä said it would be supplying state-of-the-art technology and providing construction and installation services. The plant will operate ten Wärtsilä 46 reciprocating engines and will supply baseload generating capacity to the local grid.

Wärtsilä is no newcomer to the Guatemala market having delivered two previous plants to the region. Wärtsilä’s power plant division specialises in delivering facilities generating up to 300 MW and its global installed engine base stands at 24 000 MW.