The technology group Wärtsilä today announced it has signed an EPC contract to supply a 52 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to AM Solar BV/ Jordan, a joint venture between energy provider AES Jordan and Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The order was booked in November 2017.
This is the first Utility Scale PV Solar Plant signed by Wärtsilä globally. NEPCO (National Electrical Power Company) is the offtaker of the solar plant and will be responsible for constructing the interconnection facilities. Wärtsilä’s scope is full EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction/Commissioning) and the PV plant will be connected to a 132kV Grid.
The new PV solar power plant will be installed near IPP4, a 250 MW Wärtsilä-built Smart Power Generation plant, which has been operational since 2014. The construction of the new plant is expected to start in June 2018 and the Commercial Operation is expected to take place in July 2019.
Following the contract signing, Pekka Tolonen, Director, Solar at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions, commented: “We expect rapid growth in the use of solar energy, and we are excited to be contributing to a cleaner environment with our solar PV power plant solutions. Wärtsilä’s global capabilities in delivering turnkey power plants, our extensive sales and service network, and our vast experience with a customer base across 177 countries enable us to continue to develop innovative new solutions that deliver on the promise of sustainability today.”
The Director of Business Development for AES Eurasia, Ekin Niksarli, added: “We selected Wärtsilä as EPC Contractor for this PV Solar Plant because of their track record of successfully delivering EPC power projects and our long-standing relationship with them. We trust their capabilities as EPC Contractor and we are glad to partner with them on this project in Jordan”.
Wärtsilä has been found to be the right EPC partner for Mitsui & Co., Ltd., having already demonstrated capability to deliver projects within schedule while following all quality requirements, with supportive teams during all aspects of the project finalization.
Jordan is a very important market for Wärtsilä; as of today, the company has been delivering 900 MW of Smart Power Generation solutions on EPC basis, which represents around 20% of the country’s installed capacity. The PV Solar plant is expected to provide jobs to 500 Jordanians during construction period.
Wärtsilä offers utility-scale solar PV power plants as well as solar PV solutions combined with engine power plants and energy storage.