Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Shanghai Electric Power for the conversion of the Maltese Delimara Power Station to operate on natural gas.
The contract, signed in December 2014, is the first between Wärtsilä and Shanghai Electric Power.
The Delimara Power Station in Malta was commissioned in late 2012 and has a capacity of 140 MW. Once the engines of the power plant are converted to the latest Wärtsilä factory specification, its efficiency and output are expected to increase. The project will begin in January 2016, and the estimated completion time is in October 2016.
The Delimara Power Station is currently using heavy fuel oil and running on eight Wärtsilä 46 engines. The project includes the conversion of four of the current engines into Wärtsilä 50SG and four into Wärtsilä 50DF engines. As the power plant begins to operate on natural gas, the emissions produced by the plant will be reduced, ensuring compliance with the emission regulations set by the EU. Operating costs of the plant will be reduced due to the decrease of abatement system operating costs. Due to the conversion, Shanghai Electric Power will also be able to reduce its fuel costs, resulting in better cost-efficiency at Delimara.