Wärtsilä, a supplier of flexible and efficient power plant equipment and services, has signed a six-year maintenance agreement with Plains End II for its power plant in Colorado. Plains End II is indirectly owned by Polaris Energy, LLC. The broad range of services included in this agreement, signed in August 2015, cover the delivery of spare parts, services and performance upgrades as well as training and services for major overhauls for the power plant’s fourteen Wärtsilä 34SG engines with a combined output of 118 MW.
Plains End II’s power plant was commissioned in 2008 at the same location where Wärtsilä had delivered another power plant, Plains End, already in 2001. Plains End and Plains End II are examples of fast ramping power plants that balance electrical grids that use wind power for environmentally sustainable power generation. Tyr Energy, an owner and manager of independent power production assets, provides asset management services for Plains End and Plains End II. Plains End and Plains End II are operated and maintained by NAES Corporation, an independent services company dedicated to delivering value to facilities across power generation and other industries.
Wärtsilä’s lifecycle product improvements and solutions as well as the training of plant personnel will help Plains End II optimize its power plant’s useful life and performance and reduce the risk of unscheduled maintenance. This lowers the power plant’s operating costs in a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible way.
Wärtsilä’s flexibility and ability to offer financial predictability to maintenance planning and service met the customer’s needs. Plains End II wanted a partner that has the expertise and track-record in servicing Wärtsilä 34SG engines.