Italy’s increasing focus on system balance

25 January 2022

A2A Gencogas, Italy, has contracted with Wärtsilä for the supply of a natural gas fuelled 110 MW flexible power plant for its Cassano d’Adda facility. The fast-start recip engine technology will be used to balance the power system as the share of renewables is increased. The order will be delivered on a full engineering, procurement, and construction basis in partnership with Italian engineering group Cefla. 

A2A Gencogas, the company managing the power plants for A2A, participated in the auctions for Italy’s Capacity Market scheduled to commence in 2022. Its mechanism is operated by Terna, the national TSO, and electricity producers undertake to deliver energy upon request.

The new plant will operate with six Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for autumn 2022, and the plant is expected to become operational in 2023. When completed, this will be the largest power plant in Italy operating on gas–fuelled internal combustion engines.

To date Wärtsilä has delivered 1411 MW of power plant capacity to Italy, of which 709 MW are currently covered by Wärtsilä long-term service agreements. 

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