Wärtsilä, a supplier of decentralized power plant solutions, has signed an agreement with KVK Energy Group to supply power generating equipment and engineering for a gas power plant to be built in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The scope of supply includes eight Wärtsilä W20V34SG gas engine generators and auxiliaries, as well as the engineering, erection and commissioning of the power plant. Construction has already begun as part of a previous order in March 2010 when three engines were contracted. With the extension of this new contract for a further eight engines, the power plant will produce a combined output of over 100 MW. These eight engine generator sets and related equipment will be delivered in the second half of 2011, and the entire plant will be fully operational by the end of the year. However, two of the previously ordered sets will start producing electricity at the end of October 2010.

The Rajahmundry power plant will initially provide baseload power to the national grid, but in the mid to long term it will be used for meeting the grid”s peak load requirements.

In total, Wärtsilä has delivered over 250 power plants to India with a total output of around 3500 MW. At more than 60 plants in India (including steam & wind turbine plants), representing a total output of over 1000 MW. Wärtsilä has delivered engines to vessels belonging to the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Port Trusts, merchant shipping, floating cranes, and offshore rigs.