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Maldives : Wartsila and State Electric Company of Maldives mark 30 years successful operation of Wartsila generating sets

  • May 20, 2022
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The technology group Wrtsil, together with Maldives government-owned State Electric Company (STELCO), celebrate 30 years of continuous operation of its generating sets providing power to Mal, the capital of Maldives. In 1990, STELCO purchased the first Wrtsil engines for its Mal power station. These engines continue to operate with a high degree of efficiency still today, thus emphasising the engines robust technology, reliability, and long-life expectancy, while also acknowledging the excellent workmanship of STELCOs engineers in operating and maintaining engine power plants.

This successful installation has also formed the basis for a strong long-lasting relationship between Wrtsil and STELCO. Since that initial investment STELCO has added six more Wrtsil engines to the Mal plant, and in 2019 six Wrtsil engines were installed at STELCOs power plant on the island of Hulhumal. All these installed generating sets are in use, efficiently providing power to their regions. The total generating capacity supplied by Wrtsil to Maldives is currently approximately 100 MW.

The relationship has been further strengthened by Wrtsils lifecycle services. Over the years, Wrtsil has supported and trained STELCO engineers in the operation and maintenance of the power plants, and has upgraded the Wrtsil engines at the Mal power plant. These upgrades ensure efficient and reliable operation and the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions. The recently completed Wrtsil state-of-the-art engine control and monitoring system is an example of such an upgrade, providing improved operational performance, effective load sharing, and better data archiving. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wrtsil has supported STELCO digitally in ensuring the plants operational reliability.

Maldives is an island nation mainly thriving on tourism and resorts. The engine power plants are required to perform at optimum levels at all times to ensure a reliable supply of energy for the communities and businesses in varying situations. We have benefited from Wrtsils technical capabilities and customer support since the installation of the first Wrtsil engines in 1990. The fact that those engines continue to provide reliable and efficient power to our community after so many years is truly outstanding. Wrtsils past, present, and future commitment to supplying our electricity needs in the ongoing energy transition with an increasing share of renewables is much appreciated, commented Ahmed Shareef, Managing Director State Electric Company Limited.

The cooperation and understanding between our two companies has been first class. To be delivering baseload power with the same engines for 30 years is an achievement for which we can be extremely proud. It also speaks highly of STELCOs careful management of the facility. We hope this relationship will continue in the years ahead when the Government of the Republic of Maldives, together with STELCO, aims to further increase its share of energy from wind and solar. As a global leader in the energy transition, Wrtsil is excited to be supporting the integration of renewable energy into the system, said Henri van Boxtel, Director, South Asia, Wrtsil Energy.

Maldives envisages reaching net-zero emissions by the year 2030 with the support of international organisations. Already today, hybrid installations with solar and energy storage have been installed on many of the smaller islands. The flexibility of the Wrtsil engines, which can reach full output in just minutes from start-up, enables highly effective grid balancing to compensate for the inherent fluctuation of renewable energy supplies, thus making engines a perfect match for renewable integration now and in the future. Wrtsils commitment to the research and development of its engines to operate on future sustainable fuels, such as hydrogen, ammonia and biofuels, ensures that the assets are future-proof.

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