Fortum Engineering and Wärtsilä NSD have announced a new co-operation agreement that will see the companies jointly developing CHP plants in central European markets.

Under the agreement, which will not involve any form of cross-ownership deal, the companies will provide energy systems based on natural gas-fired reciprocating engines. Fortum Engineering will design the power plants and will be responsible for delivery and construction. Wärtsilä NSD will develop the engines. The alliance will also offer finance and O&M services for the facilities that are expected to be in the range 15 – 50 MW. The modular plants, to be available within a year or so, will be compact, fuel flexible and low emission. The alliance will market the systems across Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, where Fortum has extensive experience.