Wärtsilä technology to provide cleaner energy to a city utility in USA



HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the generating equipment for an 18 MW expansion to an existing power plant in New Mexico, USA, utilizing reciprocating internal combustion engine (RICE) technology. The plant will operate on natural gas fuel, and will replace lost generating capacity following the closure of a coal-fired power plant and also provide flexible dispatchable power for the utility and their power needs. The contract is with the City of Farmington and was booked as order intake by Wärtsilä in November 2023.

By switching from coal to natural gas, the project aligns with the global trend towards cleaner, lower-carbon fuels. The two Wärtsilä 34SG gas-fuelled engines selected for this project are also capable of operating on biogas, synthetic methanol and hydrogen blend. They require minimal water consumption, which is an important consideration in areas such as New Mexico where high ambient temperatures can be expected and water is scarce.

“We are excited to partner with Wärtsilä on this important project,” said Hank Adair, Electric Utility Director for the City of Farmington. “The Farmington Electric Utility System is responsible for ensuring safe, …

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