Wärtsilä Kicks off Construction of OIL’s 30 MW Power Plant in Assam

The technology group Wärtsilä has commenced the construction work on the 30 MW power plant project of Oil India Ltd (OIL), a premier Indian national oil company, in Assam.

May 25, 2021. By Manu Tayal

The technology group Wärtsilä has commenced the construction work on the 30 MW power plant project of Oil India Ltd (OIL), a premier Indian national oil company, in Assam.

In January this year, OIL had awarded a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for 30 MW power plant to Wärtsilä under the International Competitive Bidding Process (ICB). Significantly, greater open cycle efficiency and reduced emission levels of the IC Engine solution was a factor in the final decision.

On April 21, 2021, the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Wärtsilä engine power plant at Duliajan, Assam, in northeast India took place, and it is expected to be commissioned in November next year. 

Once operational, the plant will be one of the main source of power for OIL’s facility at Duliajan, which doesn’t have connection to the grid. It caters power to LPG bottling cum extraction facility, gas gathering station, the entire OIL township and other critical loads.

Moreover, this plant will operate with 3 Wärtsilä W20V34SG gas engines running on natural gas fuel from OIL’s captive gas fields. Since, there can be variations in the quality of the gas supply from these fields, the company will provide a continuous gas analyser system which will automatically tune the engines as per fuel quality.

Also, the operational reliability and plant availability will be supported by a multi-year maintenance agreement between the two organisations.  

Commenting on the development, Henri van Boxtel, Energy Business Director, South Asia, Wärtsilä, said “this plant will form the backbone of Oil India’s power supply to the surrounding area/facilities and Township. The Wärtsilä solution, backed with our long-term maintenance agreement, will enable extremely high plant availability to deliver a thoroughly reliable electricity supply.” 

In India since the early 1980s, Wärtsilä has contributed immensely to the Power segment of the country. The company has 35 years of experience in providing complete lifecycle power solutions for the Indian Marine and Energy markets. It has over 500 employees in India and has delivered around 250 power plants to India with an installed base of over 3500 MW. In the Marine market, the company has delivered a broad range of solutions to various marine segments, including Navy, Coast Guard, Port Trusts, Merchant Shipping, floating cranes and offshore rigs. 

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