The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three Wärtsilä 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. The power plant will be located on the island of St. Thomas, and is expected to be operational in early 2018. The order is booked for the first quarter of 2017. As is the case with most Caribbean islands, the USVI has no domestic fossil energy resources and relies on imports of petroleum products to meet its energy needs. In order to diversify its fuel sources, the USVI’s electric utility WAPA is completing an energy infrastructure modernisation programme, the largest such project in the Caribbean. This will enable the use of propane gas as a primary fuel for energy production, thereby significantly reducing the cost of electricity, and the dependence and environmental impact of diesel oil.
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