In response to an increased demand for electricity following a period of continued economic growth, Aitken Spence & Co. Ltd. partnered with Caterpillar Power Ventures to create Ace Power Embilipitiya (Private, Ltd. The result is a state-of-the-art turnkey power plant consisting of 14 Cat® 16CM32 engines, manufactured by Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG, in Kiel, Germany, generating a total plant output of 100 MW.
Sri Lanka has been heavily dependent on hydro projects as the primary source of electric power comprising up to 70 percent of the nation's electric power capacity. Changes in weather patterns during recent years have impacted the reliability of the hydro-powered plants, resulting in severe power shortages, power rationing and rolling blackouts.
The Sri Lankan government's electric power utility, Ceylon Electricity Board(CEB), tendered the development, engineering, procurement, construction and long-term operation of the power generation facility with the main project criteria being financial viability based on reliable low-cost electricity generation. Ace Power, in turn, won the tender and entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with CEB.
Caterpillar provided the complete turnkey power plant, including equipment supply, engineering design, project management, construction and commissioning. The use of pre-built mechanical modules, pre-packaged electrical control rooms, and the services provided by Caterpillar allowed for the timely completion of the power plant despite the dire conditions of the post-tsunami area.
The Embilipitiya plant supplies economical grid power at nearly half the price of emergency power the government previously purchased. Caterpillar continues to be involved, providing full operation and maintenance services. The equipment supplied by Caterpillar provides a comprehensive power solution for its owners, demonstrating a proven ability to generate low cost electrical power from a highly reliable plant.
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Ace Power Embilipitiya
Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka
Local power need
Fourteen Cat 16CM32 generator sets