Why Floating Wärtsilä? Two case studies involving Wärtsilä Energy Business. Both speak Spanish, the first in the Philippines, the second in Colombia. Let’s start with the Philippines, where Wärtsilä, in fact, floats… 

Floating Wärtsilä
The first-ever deployment of a floating energy storage solution in South East Asia involves 10 Wärtsilä GridSolv Max systems, supported by advanced GEMS software aboard a barge

Floating Wärtsilä. Brief description of a barge-mounted

According to the Finnish company, “Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading companies involved in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services, has ordered a barge-mounted 54 MW / 32 MWh energy storage system to be delivered by Wärtsilä on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis. The Wärtsilä barge will be placed next to TMI’s existing thermal power barge of a total of 100 MW in the municipality of Maco in the province of Davao de Oro. The order was placed in September 2020. The project will be handled on a fast-track basis, with delivery scheduled to be completed in Q4 2021. This will be the first ever deployment of a floating energy storage solution in the South East Asia region. It will involve placing ten Wärtsilä GridSolv Max systems, supported by the company’s advanced GEMS energy management platform , aboard a floating barge. The solution will provide flexibility for TMI in their ancillary service contract with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.”

EPC in Colombia

And now we move to Latin America. “Wärtsilä’s 200 MW flexible baseload power plant project in Córdoba Province in Colombia proceeds despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was placed in June 2020 by Termotesorito, a joint-venture enterprise between private utility companies Celsia and Proelectrica, and the natural gas provider Canacol. The order is valued at approximately EUR 100 million. The El Tesorito plant will operate with eleven Wärtsilä 50SG engines fuelled by natural gas from nearby gas wells. When operational, the flexibility of the fast-starting Wärtsilä solution will provide critical grid balancing capability as Colombia incorporates increasing levels of intermittent energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. It will also provide back-up power for the system in case of shortage.”


“Engineering of the power plant is completed. All engines and generators have been tested at the factory and are ready for delivery, and auxiliary equipment are being manufactured. The construction project is scheduled to commence in April 2021. The project will provide welcome economic activity in the plant’s rural location. It will also provide permanent employment for the operation and maintenance teams. The plant will comply with the strictest environmental regulations. Celsia operates power plants in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras with a combined capacity of 1.8 GW. This new facility will bring the total to 2.0 GW. (HERE some pills from Wärtsilä in LATAM)”


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