Wartsila plays key role in Iraqi port power supply boost

The Umm Qasr plant operates on three Wartsila 34SG gas engines

Natural gas fired turbine power plant with it's cooling towers rising into a cloud filled blue sky. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Natural gas fired turbine power plant with it's cooling towers rising into a cloud filled blue sky. Image used for illustrative purpose.


Wartsila, a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, has announced that a 29MW gas-fuelled power plant, which the company had supplied to the Umm Qasr Ports Authority Zone in Basra, Iraq, has successfully launched its commercial operations.

This is the first phase of an overall power supply project that will be expanded to increase the availability of electricity throughout the region. It represents Wartsila’s first gas-fired power plant in Iraq.

Wartsila said it had delivered the plant on a fast-track basis, and the project was completed in an exceptionally short period of time, despite delays caused by the ongoing political situation in the country.

The plant order was placed in October 2018 by Lebanon-based Butec, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider for the project.

Butec was contracted by Prime Metro Power Holdings (PMPH), the company having a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the General Company for the Ports of Iraq, an Iraqi Ministry of Transport entity.

"We have been able to leverage the local natural gas resources to develop a first class, state-of-the-art power plant facility that adds a vital power generation infrastructure and services to the state of Iraq," remarked Guillaume Lucci, President and COO of PMPH.

"The completion of this project in less than one year is a significant milestone in our strategy to quickly develop the needed power infrastructure. We are pleased to have worked with Wartsila on this project, and we are certain that the quality and performance of the engine will be an asset over the lifecycle of the plant," he stated.

Wartsila Energy Business Director (Middle East) Alexandre Eykerman said: "The fast-starting, flexible operation of the W?rtsil? engines was a decisive consideration in the award of this contract."

The Umm Qasr plant operates on three W?rtsil? 34SG gas engines, which deliver reliable baseload power on a 24/7 basis. Wartsila has also signed a maintenance agreement, the scope of which includes field service, and engine maintenance planning based on remote monitoring and asset diagnostics.

For this, the plant is already connected to the Wartsila Digital Expertise Centre located in Dubai. In addition to providing cost predictability, the agreement ensures the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the plant’s operations. W?rtsil? will have technical advisors stationed on site for mutually agreed periods of time to supervise the plant’s performance.

"The plant can run fewer engines when less power is demanded and start the additional engines only when and as needed," explained Eykerman.

"This provides a cost-effective, efficient, and highly reliable solution that will greatly enhance the port’s operations," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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