Wartsila wins deal to build Nigeria’s largest solar plant
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Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) said today it got a letter of award from Pan Africa Solar Ltd for work on a 95.3-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) park in northern Nigeria.
The solar plant in Katsina State, with an AC capacity of 75 MW, will be the largest in the country, Wartsila said, adding that it will also be the company’s first utility-scale PV project exclusively for an on-grid application. The facility will be generating enough power to supply some 1.1 million homes.
“Pan Africa Solar and Wartsila are currently finalising the EPC contract and in the meantime, this letter of Award is a major milestone," said Javier Cavada, President, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
The project is one of the 14 solar schemes, totalling 1.2 GW, that were signed in July 2016 by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), part of Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Power.