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Wärtsilä power plant to enhance cement factory output

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World Cement,

Technology group Wärtsilä is to supply an engine power plant to a Nigerian cement production facility. Based on Smart Power Generation technology, the power plant will enhance the output and reduce the carbon footprint of the facility.

The 48MW plant has been ordered by BUA Group, following the decision to construct a new cement line in Sokoto, in Northwest Nigeria. The engineering and equipment order with Wärtsilä was booked in 1Q19.

The plant will operate without connection to the grid and will provide the power needed to serve the new third cement line at the Sokoto cement production facility. It will operate on five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines, running primarily on LNG, but with the capability of switching to low pour fuel oil if necessary. Unlike the factory’s two existing power plants, which operate on heavy fuel oil, the Wärtsilä solution runs on clean burning LNG, promoting sustainability and having a lower environmental impact.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019 and the new plant is expected to become operational in mid-2020.

“We cannot compromise on quality,” said Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of the BUA Group. “We are known to provide quality products and services, and we recognise that Wärtsilä aligns with this vision of ours. It has an impeccable track record and can be relied on to deliver as promised. We also look forward to the opportunities this project will create for the local community and its economy.”

“Wärtsilä was able to offer an attractive value proposition that includes superior technology, high efficiency, and the ability to deliver the needed fuel flexibility,” said Magnus Miemois, Regional Director of the Wärtsilä Energy Business. “We are particularly proud to be partnering with BUA in this project, since it is a dominant player in the Nigerian economy and a major cement producer.”

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