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Wärtsilä converts Brazilian power plant to run on gas

Multinational technology group Wärtsilä is to convert a Brazilian power plant to 100% natural gas operation, while at the same time increasing output from 85 MW to 92 MW.

The project will involve converting the existing five Wärtsilä 46GD dual-fuel combustion engines to five Wärtsilä 50SG gas fueled engines, as well as the additionally required common system upgrades.

Currently the plant – located in the city of Manaus, northwestern Brazil – rents additional generators to ensure adequate output. This cost will be eliminated once the conversion is completed. In addition, the use of natural as fuel will reduce the plant’s environmental footprint by approximately 10%, representing some 35,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

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