The technology group Wärtsilä will supply Oil India Limited (OIL), a premier Indian National Oil Company, with a 30 MW power plant to be delivered under a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract. Wärtsilä won this project through International Competitive Bidding Process (ICB). Significantly greater open cycle efficiency and reduced emission levels of the IC Engine solution was a factor in the final decision. After following the entire ICB process, OIL issued LoA on January 11, 2021 to Wärtsilä.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the new Wärtsilä engine power plant at Duliajan, Assam, in northeast India took place on April 21, 2021. Once operational, the plant will be one of the main sources of power for OIL’s facility at Duliajan, which does not have connection to the grid. It caters power to LPG bottling cum extraction facility, gas gathering station, the entire OIL township and other critical loads. The plant will operate with three Wärtsilä W20V34SG gas engines running on natural gas fuel from OIL’s captive gas fields. Since there can be variations in the quality of the gas supply from these fields, Wärtsilä will provide a continuous gas analyser system which will automatically tune the engines as per fuel quality. Operational reliability and plant availability will be supported by a multi-year Wärtsilä maintenance agreement.
“This plant will form the backbone of Oil India’s power supply to the surrounding area/facilities and Township. The Wärtsilä solution, backed with our long-term maintenance agreement, will enable extremely high plant availability to deliver a thoroughly reliable electricity supply,” said Henri van Boxtel, Energy Business Director, South Asia, Wärtsilä.
The power plant is scheduled for commissioning in November 2022.
In India since the early 1980s, Wärtsilä has contributed immensely to the power segment of the country. Wärtsilä has 35 years of experience in providing complete lifecycle power solutions for the Indian Marine & Energy markets. Wärtsilä has more than 500 employees in India and has delivered around 250 power plants to India with an installed base of over 3500 MW. In the Marine market, Wärtsilä has delivered a broad range of solutions to various marine segments, including Navy, Coast Guard, Port Trusts, Merchant Shipping, floating cranes and offshore rigs.