Wärtsilä has been involved in two separate projects in the Philippines and Malta (Focusing on just islands, click HERE). Starting from the Asian archipelago, the Finnish company delivered on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, and include the GridSolv Maxsystem, a standardised energy storage solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets of the systems, including the batteries, a safety and fire system, and inverters, alongside the GEMS Digital Energy Platform. The GEMS grid applications include voltage and frequency regulation, reactive power support, spinning reserve, ramp rate optimisation, renewable energy output smoothing, and energy arbitrage.
Wärtsilä gives energy to islands. Talking about Philippines and Malta
“Our partnership with SMC Global Power, a company with technical experience in battery energy storage systems, has enabled us to reach this stage and be ready for operation in record time. This also further demonstrates Wärtsilä’s EPC capabilities in the region, as well as our ability to operate under the challenging restrictions set by the pandemic. These projects showcase our long-term commitment to be present in the Philippines and to continue delivering optimised solutions that support the energy transition in Southeast Asia,” commented Kari Punnonen, Director, Australasia, Wärtsilä Energy. In 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to meeting 23 percent of its primary energy needs from renewables by 2025. The region aims to leverage its abundant wind and solar resources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, especially as grid systems are developing and economies growing. Reaching this important milestone in the project execution is another endorsement of Wärtsilä’s delivery capabilities. Wärtsilä has a strong presence in Southeast Asia with a total installed capacity of over 9,000 MW, of which 2,000 MW were executed as EPC deliveries, including approximately 300 MW of contracted energy storage systems.
Wärtsilä service agreement in the hearth of Mediterranean
According to Wärtsila, five-year Optimised Maintenance Agreement was placed in April with the plant owners, a consortium comprising Shanghai Electric Power and Enemalta, Malta’s leading electricity services provider. The Optimised Maintenance Agreement covers four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and four Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines. The solution covers maintenance planning and services whenever needed, with fixed prices for inspection, operational and technical support, spare parts, and maintenance work. A dedicated technical Wärtsilä team supports the operations on-site, and Wärtsilä Expertise Centre in Trieste, Italy, monitors the installation online. “This extension is a clear endorsement of customer satisfaction and of the value delivered by our long-term service agreements. The combination of remote monitoring of the equipment and an on-site technical advisor ensures that the plant operates efficiently at all times; reliably and with the lowest possible operating costs,” commented Pekka Tolonen, Energy Business Director, Europe, Wärtsilä Energy. The 2016 gas conversion project significantly reduced the power plant’s carbon footprint and was a proactive means for complying with the EU’s Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), which limits emissions from medium-sized generating plants. The previous exemption given to Mediterranean island states is due to end in 2025. Long-term service agreements are a key element of Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle services, supporting its energy sector customers. The support encompasses the company’s technology, software, service expertise, and thorough understanding of installations on a system level.