Wärtsilä supplies natural gas plant in Oklahoma to balance wind and solar generation

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Wärtsilä has entered into a contract to supply a 56 MW Smart Power Generation power plant, including three of its 50SG natural gas engines, to the Stillwater Utilities Authority in Oklahoma.

The power station, which replaces a 26 MW gas turbine from the 1950s, will be used to balance wind and solar power in the state, and will be used for peaking power.

SUA said it chose Wärtsilä’s internal combustion engine (ICE) technology mainly for its flexibility.

Wärtsilä will deliver the equipment November 2015.

In 2013, wind farms accounted for 14.8 percent of Oklahoma’s electricity news, according to AWEA. 

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