The question everyone is asking however is for what price? It is apparent that it is for a much higher price given the urgent nature of the purchase after the total balls up with the second hand, over 20 year old Chinese heavy fuel generators. Perhaps the audit that has to be undertaken and delivered to parliament prior to 32 March 2011 will reveal the tortuous and very extensive path this has taken. This has been the single most tragic and avoidable case of utter procurement incompetence with all manner of legal implications for those involved. It must be fully audited, as the national parliament has resolved to seek the government do, and the results openly investigated in due course.
We await to see whether transparency really does reign in Timor-Leste as this de facto Gusmao government is prone to boast about, but which is far from reality.
FRETILIN MP and spokesperson.
Subject: Media release: Wärtsilä receives major power plant order from Timor-Leste
Wärtsilä receives major power plant order from
| 10.01.2011, 11:00 | 94 Aufrufe
Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 10 January 2011, at noon
Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of flexible power plants and services
to the decentralized power generation market, received an order in December to
supply engines and other equipment for a major power plant project in Hera in
the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, formerly known as East Timor.
Delivery of the project will commence immediately. In addition to this order,
Wärtsilä has also signed a contract for another power plant project in Betano, also in
Timor-Leste, for which the Notice to Proceed is expected in the first half of
The power plant order for Hera in the northern part of the country has
been placed by Puri Akraya Engineering Ltd, a company which is contracted by
the Timor-Leste government for the project.
Wärtsilä´s scope of supply includes seven Wärtsilä 18V46 generating sets
with a gross output of some 120 MWe, as well as generators, auxiliaries,
contro systems and various related equipment. The Betano site project, to
be delivered to the same contractor, includes eight Wärtsilä 18V46 generating sets
having a gross output of more than 135 MWe, as well as other related
The Hera Power Plant is expected to be fully operational in the first
quarter of 2012, of which 50 MW shall be operational by the end of 2011. The Betano
Power Plant is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2012.
While initially the power plants will run on heavy fuel oil (HFO), it is
expected that they will be later converted to natural gas operation.
“The high overall efficiency and fuel flexibility of the Wärtsilä
engines was an important factor in the company being awarded these contracts, ”
comments Mr Dany Subrata, Director of Puri Akraya Engineering Ltd.
“Wärtsilä has long and extensive experience, and an outstanding
track record in providing effective power generating solutions in a variety of climates
and under the most challenging circumstances. This will enable us to
successfully deliver and commission the power plants, even though the sites are at
remote locations and the country´s infrastructure is rather challenging, ”
says Mr Suraj Narayan, Business Development Manager (Asia) at Wärtsilä Power
These power plant projects are an important part of the Timor-Leste
government´s modernisation programme. The aim is to improve the country´s
infrastructure and to achieve national electrification. This includes the construction of
power stations and the development of a national grid. Timor-Leste, with a
population of one million, is rich in natural resources and the development of oil
and gas production in its offshore waters has enabled the modernisation programme
to be initiated.
Further information, please contact:
Mr Suraj Narayan
Business Development Manager
Wärtsilä Power Plants Asia
Tel: +358 40 764 1009
Ms Tuula Franck
Senior Manager, External Communications
Tel: +358 400 267555
Source: Wärtsilä Oyj Abp via Thomson Reuters ONE