Wärtsilä, THE Finnish power plant contractor, has signed three year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering the United Cement Company of Nigeria Ltd (UniCem) power plant. This is an extension to the current three year O&M contract expiring in 2012.
The power plant provides electricity to United Cement Company’s Mfamosing cement manufacturing plant, located north-east of Calabar in Nigeria’s Cross River State. It has an annual cement production of 2.5 million tonnes. The 47MW UniCem power plant is capable of operating on either natural gas or heavy fuel oil and is powered by three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines.
Under the terms of the new contract, Wärtsilä will continue providing the UniCem plant with expert operational and maintenance support, as well as all the required related technology and engineering expertise. In addition, Wärtsilä will ensure the timely and accurate delivery of parts to support maintenance activities, thereby further contributing to the availability of the power plant. Through close co-operation with the customer, Wärtsilä has customised a complete service programme that will offer UniCem the level of support that best suits its needs.
An operations and maintenance agreement is a comprehensive form of asset management. Typically, O&M agreements can be tailored to cover the entire scope of operational, management, and maintenance services, as well as providing the installation with performance guarantees.