Wärtsilä has signed a renewal of its Operation & Maintenance agreement with Brazilian independent energy producer Geradora de Energia do Amazonas. The agreement covers the UTE Ponta Negra power plant in Manaus and has been in place since 2006 when the plant was commissioned. The two-year renewal is intended to ensure that Gera Amazonas can meet its power purchase obligations with Eletronorte.

Originally the plant operated on heavy fuel oil, but in 2013 it was converted to operate with gas/diesel technology. Wärtsilä carried out a full gas conversion in 2020 with five Wärtsilä 50SG gas-fuelled engines installed. The plant now operates in 24/7 baseload mode delivering 60 MW to the system.

“The plant needs to be in continuous 24/7 operation and our obligation is to ensure that a high level of reliability is maintained at all times,” commented Carlos Henrique Gonzales, business development manager at Wärtsilä.

Parts and service for all planned overhauls are included in the broad scope of the agreement.