Key Malta power plant renews Wärtsilä service agreement for second time

Source: press release, 8 June 2021

Wärtsilä’s second long-term service agreement renewal for 5 years for Delimara Power Plant 3 (D3), a major supplier of electricity on Malta, helps to secure stability of the grid on the island
Wärtsilä’s second long-term service agreement renewal for 5 years for Delimara Power Plant 3 (D3), a major supplier of electricity on Malta, helps to secure stability of the grid on the island (photo: Wärtsilä)

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a second long-term service agreement renewal for the Delimara Power Plant 3 (D3) in Malta. The plant is a major supplier of electricity to the island and its availability and reliability is essential to the stability of the grid. The 5-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,” comments 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.