Finnish firm Wärtsilä signs Rwanda power contract

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply a power plant to the Republic of Rwanda.

The turnkey project is of particular significance since the power plant will utilise methane gas from the nearby Lake Kivu as fuel.

The order has been placed by KivuWatt, a subsidiary of the New York- based international power company ContourGlobal.

When operational, the power plant will supply electricity to Rwanda’s national utility.

The plant will be powered by 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 34SG gas-powered engines and have an electrical output of 25MW. Future planned expansions to this project will increase this output by an additional 75MW.

Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012, and the plant is expected to be operational in the third quarter of that same year.