Cooperative Energy today dedicated a new gas-fired engine power plant at its Benndale Station, marking the first electric utility globally to own and place Wärtsilä 31SG engines into commercial operation.
The 22.7 MW plant, located in rural George County, features two gas-fired, energy-efficient 20-cyclinder units. The engine power plant will provide valuable grid support for renewable integration for the Cooperative Energy system as well as reliability during potential transmission outages caused by hurricanes or other severe weather conditions.
Cooperative Energy and Wärtsilä held a ribbon-cutting at Benndale Station and provided tours of the leading- edge power facility. The engines were built at Wärtsilä manufacturing facilities in Finland and shipped to the United States through the port of Pascagoula.