Gas gensets to boost Benin’s power supply

A consortium featuring MAN Diesel & Turbo and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) has won a contract to build a gas genset power plant in Benin. à‚ 

The 120 MW Maria Gleta plant, which will be located near the major port city of Cotonou, will use seven of MAN’s 51/60 DF dual-fuel gensets, which the company said will be delivered this year.

The gensets are planned to run on natural gas once a supply is available, MAN said, but will run on heavy fuel oil in the meantime.

MAN’s service business PrimeServ will supply spare parts and support of major maintenance under a long-term service agreement with BWSC, which will operate the plant.

Operation is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2019 and expansion to a total capacity of 400 MW is planned for the future.

The project is part of the country’s five-year ‘Revealing Benin‘ development scheme, which centres around 45 flagship projects aimed at boosting the economy sustainably and features four major energy projects.à‚ à‚ 

Waldemar Wiesner, Head of Region MEA for MAN’s power plants business, said the plant’s fuel flexibility was “essential to ensure the immediate production of electrical energy, once the construction has been finalized.

“To date, only 30 per cent of the people of Benin have access to electricity, which is why the project is of great importance to increase national prosperity and to support the country’s growing economy,” he added.

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