09/06/2021 – Energy / Wärtsilä / Wartsila / Power Plant / Service Agreement / Malta / Europe
Major power plant in Malta renews Wärtsilä service agreement for second time
Successful operating performance has resulted in Delimara Power Plant 3 (D3) – a major supplier of electricity to Malta – renewing its long-term service agreement with leading technology group Wärtsilä for the second time.
As a major supplier to the island, availability and reliability of electricity at the D3 power plant is essential to the stability of the country’s grid.
The five-year Optimised Maintenance Agreement was placed in April with the plant owners – a consortium comprising Shanghai Electric Power and Enemalta, Malta’s leading electricity services provider.
Onsite and online
The Optimised Maintenance Agreement covers four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and four Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines. The solution covers maintenance planning and services whenever needed, with fixed prices for inspection, operational and technical support, spare parts, and maintenance work.
A dedicated technical Wärtsilä team supports the operations on-site, while Wärtsilä Expertise Centre in Trieste, Italy, monitors the installation online.
Efficient, reliable and low-cost operation
“This extension is a clear endorsement of customer satisfaction and of the value delivered by our long-term service agreements,” remarked Pekka Tolonen, Energy Business Director for Europe, Wärtsilä Energy.
“The combination of remote monitoring of the equipment and an on-site technical advisor ensures that the plant operates efficiently at all times; reliably, and with the lowest possible operating costs,” he added.
Driving down D3’s carbon footprint
The 2016 gas conversion project significantly reduced the power plant’s carbon footprint and was a proactive means for complying with the EU’s Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), which limits emissions from medium-sized generating plants. The previous exemption given to Mediterranean island states is due to end in 2025.
Long-term service agreements are a key element of Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Services, in supporting its energy sector customers. Such support encompasses the company’s technology, software, service expertise, and thorough understanding of installations on a system level.
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