Wärtsilä to convert Brazilian power plant to run on gas to shrink carbon footprint

The use of natural gas fuel is forecast to cut 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and improve the plant’s economic performance

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been commissioned to convert a Brazilian power plant to 100% natural gas operation, reducing operational costs and shrinking its carbon footprint.

The company has been awarded a contract by the Brazilian energy firm Companhia Energética Manauara.

The plan is to convert the existing five Wärtsilä dual-fuel combustion engines to five gas-fueled engines.

The use of natural gas fuel is forecast to reduce the plant’s environmental footprint by approximately 10%, representing approximately 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, equivalent to the pollution from around 7,600 cars.

Bruno Menezes, Plant Director, Companhia Energética Manauara, said: “Converting the engines to run on gas meets the company’s concerns about generating power with the least possible environmental impact.

“At the same time, we will be reducing our costs and improving our economic performance.”

The conversion is scheduled to be fully completed at the beginning of 2022.