Wartsila has been contracted to supply the engineering and equipment for a new power plant under construction in Indonesia. The Arun power plant with a 184 MW operating capacity and based on the Smart Power Generation concept will be the largest gas engine based peaking power plant in Indonesia.
This order further strengthens Wärtsilä's global position as one of the leading suppliers of large gas powered power plants of up to 500 MW. Wärtsilä power plant solutions are based on modern combustion engine technology, which provides superior flexibility and high efficiency at any load. These unique features enable the maximum use of intermittent renewable energy sources, while meeting the increasing demand for peak load.
Being developed on a fast-track schedule, the plant will be handed over and in full operation in March 2015.
The order has been placed by PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk., a government owned company and one of Indonesia's biggest construction contractors, who is building the plant on behalf of PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the state utility company. The power will be generated by a total of 19 Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on LNG.
The power plant will be built in Lhokseumawe in Aceh Special District in northern Sumatra, and the electricity produced will be used to stabilise the grid. The power plant will also strengthen the Aceh Special District electricity system so as to ensure a reliable electricity supply to consumers during peak loads.
According to Sushil Purohit, Regional Director South-East Asia & Australia, Wärtsilä Power Plants, the company has been selected as the preferred supplier by the customer, based on its proven capability to deliver high quality, extremely efficient, and flexible power plant solutions on a fast-track basis.
He adds that the important project will further enhance awareness of the efficiency and flexibility of Wärtsilä's power plant solutions in the Asian market. This is Wärtsilä’s second contract in Indonesia this year; the first one was booked in the second quarter of 2013 for a 155 MW gas engine based peaking plant owned by PT PLN.
Wärtsilä has a strong presence in Indonesia, with about 3 GW of installed power in operation. All Wärtsilä installations are supported by the company's global service network. Wärtsilä has service agreements for over 350 MW of power generating capacity in Indonesia.