MCF power plant completes non-stop 25 years
Wartsila India has announced that the power plant at Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd (MCF) in Karnataka has completed 25 years of successful and continuous operations. The power plant has eight Wartsila 18V32 engines with a total generation capacity of 48MW, of these two engines have completed about 150,000 running hours, three machines about 140,000 hours and three machines about 100,000 hours.
This is an important milestone for both MCF and Wärtsilä India as it signifies a long-standing successful partnership between the two companies. At a felicitation event organised today at the plant’s site, Wartsila India representatives acknowledged the support of MCF towards accomplishing this outstanding feat. Speaking on the occasion, Deepak Anand, Managing Director, MCF remarked, “We have a strong energy management policy and we remain committed to continuous improvements in our operations. We are very happy that our power plant has completed 25 years of operations producing so far 5.3 billion units of electricity and believe that we will achieve greater milestones in the future through our long-standing partnership with Wartsila. They have supported us throughout our association and have assisted us in achieving our business objectives through their committed and impeccable service. We are able to achieve high standards of power plant reliability and availability factor by adopting best maintenance practices through the support of Wartsila. With the availability of uninterrupted captive power, our fertilizer plants have achieved best standards in terms of on- stream factor and energy consumption. The sustained level of production has greatly helped us in offering our products and services to our customers in a very efficient way.
Timely advice and supply of the required products are the prerequisites of our farmer service under the Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) concept. Under this concept pursued in a unique and effective way, we provide complete solution to farmers in his crop cultivation.”
Rakesh Sarin, Managing Director, Wartsila India aid, “This is indeed an important milestone for Wartsila and we are pleased to felicitate all those who have been instrumental towards this achievement. MCF has been an important customer for Wartsila and five of their engines have crossed 140,000 to 150,000 hours of operations as on date and still going strong – a true testament of our successful partnership. Being the sole manufacturer of chemical fertilizers in Karnataka, MCF is a strong market leader and we are proud to be associated with them. We are committed to giving our customers value for their money and superior quality service which have now become synonymous with Wartsila and we are confident that our association with MCF will continue to yield us great achievements.”
The Wartsila DG Power Plant was commissioned in 1985 to overcome the frequent interruptions in power supply, which were causing equipment failure and wastage of energy during shut-down and start-up of the plant within the factory. The Wärtsilä power plant has ensured smooth operation of the fertilizer plant through the steady supply of quality captive power. This power plant meets the total power needs for the entire factory.
“Wartsila’s gas-based power plants are well-known for their flexible operations, high efficiency and low emission levels. Our high energy efficient systems ensure that energy consumption demands are met with adequately,” Mr Sarin added.