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Umm AlQura Cement Co. renews Wärtsilä O&M agreement for second time

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World Cement,

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreement with the Saudi Arabian cement producer Umm AlQura Cement Co. This will be the third agreement term for the customer’s captive power plant installation. The initial three-year long-term agreement was signed in 2015, and thereafter renewed once. Following the continued efficient and reliable performance of the power plant, this latest contract was renewed for five years in November 2020.

The 47 MW plant is located in Taif City in Western Saudi Arabia. It operates with five Wärtsilä 32TS engines, a two-stage turbocharged version of the standard Wärtsilä 32 engine series, which features low fuel and lube oil consumption. Since the plant supplies the power needed to operate the cement production facility, reliability and availability are essential. This twice renewed O&M agreement provides clear evidence that these essentials are being met. Wärtsilä Expertise Centre in Dubai provides versatile and extensive support for the site team in ensuring uninterrupted power generation for the cement production facility. This support comprises 24/7 remote guidance and technical support with Augmented Reality video streaming, operations surveillance, performance deviation alerting, remote troubleshooting, data analysis and asset diagnostics with advanced tools.

“We are satisfied in the way that Wärtsilä has operated and maintained the power plant, which has allowed us to focus on producing cement with an uninterrupted supply of electricity. We have been pleased to recommend Wärtsilä also to other producers in the industry,” commented Fawaz Al Mutairi, Chief Executive Officer, Umm AlQura Cement Company.

“The Wärtsilä 32TS engine with two-stage turbo charging is optimised for reliable performance in extreme ambient conditions. It is designed to deliver outstanding efficiency with reduced fuel and water consumption in high altitudes and hot temperatures. This makes it ideal for locations such as this plant in Saudi Arabia and is a key factor in the plant’s continued efficient operation,” said Haidar Al Hertani, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Saudi Arabia.

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