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Wärtsilä opens new workshop and service centre in Papua New Guinea

November 13, 2008 - Wärtsilä has today opened a new office and workshop in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. This latest Wärtsilä facility will service power plant installations in the region's gold, copper and silver mining industries, as well as regional marine applications in the fisheries and offshore oil and gas sectors.

The new facility will be fully functional by the end of November 2008. It will be capable of supplying the following services: fuel injection services, engine component overhauling, automation services, propulsion systems, seals & bearings services, operational & maintenance contracts, engine overhauls, and a service exchange programme.

In addition to supporting customers' installations, the facility will also help create new marine equipment service opportunities within the PNG Dockyard.

The PNG Dockyard has slipway capacity for vessels up to 125m in length. A state-of-the-art ship transfer system allows seven vessels to be serviced simultaneously, and there is a 150m lay-up berth for watering, fuelling and ship repair services.

Steve Jones, General Manager, Wärtsilä in Papua New Guinea, explained that the new office and workshop will offer competitive advantages in the area. "Being on the ground to provide a full scope of services gives our customers a significant cost advantage. We now have a trained local presence, which means that we can efficiently despatch goods and carry out our services from Papua New Guinea across this rapidly developing region. This will enable us to increase our market share, and expand our services into new power plant and ship power projects. Our plan is to grow the services capabilities to make Wärtsilä in Papua New Guinea self-dependent," he said.

The development is expected to benefit the local economy and provide employment for more than 15 people. Wärtsilä currently has eight employees seconded to the PNG shipyard, but this is set to increase to ten by the end of the year. Initially, eight local staff will work at the new workshop, but this will be increased to 15 by the middle of 2009. All new staff will undergo extensive on-the-job training carried out by personnel from Wärtsilä Australia, and will also be sent for training at one of the Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academies located in the Philippines or South Korea.


2008-11-13

Please see Wärtsilä Corporation /Wärtsilä Vostok, LLC (WRU)/ company electronic office

For more information, please contact:
Mirja-Maija Santala
Media Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel. +358 (0)400 793 827
E-mail: mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com 

Wärtsilä Vostok, LLC (WRU)
Tel/Fax: +7 812 448-32-48
E-mail:
office.spb@wartsila.com  

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