Wärtsilä will supply a gas-fuelled 15.5 MW captive power plant under an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract along with a five-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The order was placed by Tamilnadu Petroproducts Limited (TPL), a heavy chemicals and linear alkyl benzene (LAB) manufacturer, part of AM International, Singapore. The order for these two Wärtsilä 34SG gas engines follows TPL’s decision to shift power generation from heavy fuel oil operation to cleaner and more efficient natural gas-based alternatives. This transition towards greener alternatives is vital for TPL to reduce its carbon footprint and to render its support towards the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board’s efforts towards reducing pollution in the Manali area. This project has been made possible by the commissioning of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Ennore, that enables gas to be piped to the site. The Wärtsilä gas engines are future-proofed to operate on a fuel mix of natural gas and hydrogen with minimal modifications to the power plant. The plant is expected to become operational in 2023.