Pakistan: Lucky Cement has placed an order for three 10MW 34DF dual-fuel engines for its Pezu cement plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from Finland-based Wärtsilä. The engines are capable of operating on various fuels but will be fuelled primarily by natural gas. They have been ordered to provide additional power for the unit’s captive power plant due to an increase in cement production capacity. The orders were placed in April, August, and November 2020. No value for the order has been disclosed.
“It is important for large cement producers to have operational flexibility to run the power plant on multiple fuels in case the gas supply is interrupted, or whenever otherwise required. Wärtsilä’s multi-fuel power generating technology provides the kind of flexibility that we need for an efficient and reliable power supply. The cement plant is relying purely on the power plant with Wärtsilä gensets supplying the power,” said Syed Noman Hasan, executive director at Lucky Cement.
In addition to the engines, Wärtsilä is also supplying waste heat recovery boilers needed to generate steam required for the steam turbines for electricity generation in combined cycle mode. The first Wärtsilä engine is being delivered in November 2020 and is expected to become fully operational in January 2021. The remaining two engines will be delivered by March 2021 and will become operational in May 2021.
The cement plant already uses ten Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines in its on-site power plant. The need for the new engines follows on from an increase in cement production capacity