The already robust energy service for the Bavaro and Punta Cana region – one of the Caribbean’s top tourist destinations – is being further strengthened with the addition of a 50 MW Smart Power Generation plant this year. The Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao (CEPM) placed the order with the technology group Wärtsilä, and the turnkey delivery is being made on a fast-track basis.
Wärtsilä will supply a full Equipment, Procurement and Construction (EPC) delivery that includes a sub-station. With it, CEPM will increase the number of clients on their Thermal Energy division, providing steam to a number of hotels that use it for air conditioning and laundry, substantially increasing the total efficiency of the installation.
Fuel flexibility is just one of the many benefits provided by Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation approach as it can provide fast acting response as an enabler for renewable sources of energy within the system, as well as delivering high efficiency and excellent reliability. The efficiency is retained even in varying hot temperature conditions and with cogeneration capabilities.
“CEPM is already recognized for its world class service and reliability. 60% of the hotel rooms in the country depend on our services. We know Wärtsilä well and have complete confidence in their technology and their ability to deliver a highly reliable and efficient solution on a fast-track schedule,” said Roberto Herrera, CEPM’s Executive Director and Country Manager for InterEnergy Holdings, CEPM’s parent company.
“Wärtsilä has been active in the Dominican Republic for many years and we are delighted to be working with CEPM again on this important project,” commented Sampo Suvisaari, Regional Director, Latin America North and the Caribbean, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
“With this extra capacity, the system will be able to continue to reliably meet the energy demand from local industries, residential consumers, as well as the region’s hotels and restaurants,” commented Raul Carral, Business Development Manager, Latin America North and the Caribbean, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
CEPM owns the region’s distribution smart grid and has more than 600 kilometres of high, medium, and low voltage transmission lines. The company provides power to 60% of the national tourism sector in the Dominican Republic. Wärtsilä has earlier supplied CEPM with power plant solutions and has cooperated with the company on various projects. Wärtsilä estimates that the new facility will be fully operational in November of this year.
This latest in a string of power plant orders that Wärtsilä has received from companies in the Caribbean will bring Wärtsilä’s total installed base in the region to more than 3,000 MW.
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