Wärtsilä and MPC open smart power generation plant in Oman

Finland-based technology firm Wärtsilä and Musandam Power Company (MPC) have opened the Musandam Independent Power Project (IPP) power plant in northern Oman.

The 120MW generating facility, which is designed to offer much needed grid stability, will contribute to the overall economic development of the Musandam Governorate, a rapidly developing region.

Under a turnkey contract, Wärtsilä has delivered the smart power generation plant, which provides a sustainable and reliable electricity supply to support the region’s economic development.

It will also offer significant environmental benefits by operating on associated gas from local oil wells, which would otherwise be flared into the atmosphere.

Power at the plant is generated by 15 Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on gas but capable of switching to light fuel oil if necessary.

The company claims that the 34DF engines can reliably operate in high humidity and ambient temperatures that can reach 50 degrees C in the region, and the plant also requires almost no water for cooling.

Musandam Power Company project director Salim Al Hashmi said: “This plant is a central part of the major integrated development of the Musandam Governorate.

"The project will play a significant role in meeting the power needs of the region’s current and upcoming industries, while at the same time benefiting the local community.”

As part of an operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement, Wärtsilä will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the plant and will involve employing local Omani nationals.

Image: The opening of Musandam power plant in Oman was attended by executives from the plant owners, MPC and Wärtsilä. Credit: Wärtsilä