Wärtsilä signs agreement for operation of NRCC’s power plant in Saudi Arabia

NRCC WArNorthern Region Cement Company’s power plant in Turaif, Saudi Arabia. (Image source: Wärtsilä)Wärtsilä has signed a new three-year asset management agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Northern Region Cement Company (NRCC) for its power plant in Turaif, Saudi Arabia

Under the partnership agreement, Wärtsilä will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the power plant and to ensure the reliability and availability of its operations.

This agreement, signed in October 2017, is an extension of Wärtsilä’s previous service agreements for NRCC’s power plant. The first service agreement with NRCC was signed in 2008.

The agreement covers all aspects of operating and maintaining NRCC’s power plant including the day-to-day operation of the power plant as well as preventive and predictive maintenance. The power plant’s condition is continuously remotely monitored by Wärtsilä’s Customer Centre in Dubai to create a holistic view of the plant and to provide expert technical advisory and data analysis services. These aim to enable the making of knowledge-based decisions to ensure the plant’s reliability and efficiency.

Wärtsilä has also carried out electrical and automation services to improve the performance and extend the lifecycle of NRCC’s power plant.

Commenting on the partnership, Haidar al Hertani, managing director at Wärtsilä Saudi Arabia, said, “By having full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of NRCC’s power plant, we have been able to ensure reliable operations, optimised fuel consumption and reduced maintenance costs for NRCC.”

With this new agreement, the company focuses on helping NRCC to develop their core business in the future, Hertani added.

The 62MW power plant is equipped with nine Wärtsilä 32 engines and provides energy for NRCC’s Turaif cement factory. The factory has two cement lines, producing in almost 10,000 tonnes of cement per day.

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