Tech group Wärtsilä pens five-year deal with Nigeria’s Paras Energy
The technology group Wärtsilä, listed on Nasdag Helsinki, has signed a long-term Optimised Maintenance agreement covering power plants in three locations owned by Paras Energy, a 100% privately-owned Nigerian energy provider.
According to a statement released to the media, the agreement, signed in Q1 2021, will ensure the plants’ continued high levels of availability, reliability and efficiency, while providing important cost predictability for future budgeting purposes.
The plants covered by the five-year agreement are operated with Wärtsilä 34SG gas-fuelled engines producing a combined total output of approximately 132 MW. Based on an average connected capacity of some 6,5 kW for each Nigerian home, this will represent the annual consumption equivalent of close to 20,300 domestic households.
Yashwant Kumar, Managing Director, Paras Energy & Natural Resources Ltd, said: “We have worked successfully with Wärtsilä for twelve years, during which time we have developed a strong spirit of mutual respect and trust. Until now we have managed and maintained these plants ourselves, but as we grow and expand our operations we are convinced that Wärtsilä’s professional approach will provide the support needed as we develop our core business.”
Björn Ullbro, Vice President, Africa & Europe, Wärtsilä Energy, added: This tailored agreement will strengthen our long-standing partnership with Paras Energy. It is another example of marrying our world-class expertise and experience with state-of-the art digital technology to create unparalleled customer value. We are excited and honoured to take this step with an energy thought leader like Paras Energy.”
Paras Energy is a privately-owned independent energy supplier connected to Nigeria’s national grid.
The energy company says availability of the generating assets is a key necessity and was a notable factor in the decision to sign the Optimised Maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä.
In 2009 Paras Energy decided to benefit from the advantages offered by the Wärtsilä gas engines rather than using gas turbine technology, which was at the time standard in Nigeria.
Today, this is well in line with the Nigerian Federal Government’s integrated energy mix targets. The Nigerian Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) action agenda in the 30:30:30 vision document outlined a target of generating 30 GW of power by 2030, with 30 percent from renewable energy sources.
Paras Energy lists benefits of the Wärtsilä technology as flexibility and the ability to quickly adjust the load in response to supply fluctuations from renewable energy sources.
Gas engine power plants can be sized to meet the requirements of different needs, such as those of manufacturing industries, cities, or local microgrids. Furthermore, the Wärtsilä solution features low water consumption, which is an important consideration in view of Nigeria’s long dry seasons, Paras Energy stated.
Wärtsilä has had operations in Nigeria since 2006. The total installed capacity in the country is 667 MW, of which about 70% is under service agreements. In Africa Wärtsilä has an installed footprint exceeding 7000 MW.