Africa, Solar, Wartsila

Wartsila set to build Nigeria’s biggest solar PV plant

Finnish group Wartsila is poised to build what will be the largest solar photovoltaic plant in Nigeria – and one of the biggest in Africa.

The 75 MW plant will also mark Wartsila’s first utility-scale solar PV project exclusively for an on-grid application.

Wartsila has secured a letter of award for the project from developer Pan Africa Solar. Once operational, the plant will supply around 1.1 million households with electricity.

The plant is one of 14 solar PV projects by independent power oroducers signed in July 2016 by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader, part of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power. The total power generated by these projects when completed will be 1.2 GW, all of which will be transmitted to the national grid.

Javier Cavada, president of Wartsila Energy Solutions, said the contract bid for the solar plant was successful “because we were able to bring added value to the project in various areas, including local support and technical advisory services”.

He added that Pan Africa Solar and Wartsila are finalising the EPC contract.