MAN Diesel & Turbo has delivered five heavy fuel oil engines for a new power plant in Moroni, the capital city of Comoros, an archipelago off Africa’s east coast.

The German company has supplied four of its 18V28/32S engines and one 7L27/38S, plus spares, tools and services for the supervision of installation and commissioning.

The new plant will be built by Bharat Heavy Electricals, the largest government-owned engineering and manufacturing company of its kind in India, and is due to be commissioned in mid-2017.MAN Diesel & Turbo heavy fuel oil engines

The 18 MW baseload plant will be operated by the national Comoros Energy Dept and provide power to the public grid. It will replace three existing, outdated power stations in order to increase the overall efficiency and capacity of power generation in the small island nation.

Both the MAN 18V28/32S and the MAN 7L27/38S are small bore engines with a cylinder bore of 28 and 27 cm. They will be manufactured in Aurangabad, MAN’s manufacturing hub in India.

Emmanuel Ferdinand, managing director of MAN Diesel & Turbo India, said the project “further strengthens our local footprint and our position as a provider of comprehensive solutions for power plants in India”.

He added that “the design and engineering of our power plant solutions is also handled 100 per cent in India. Thanks to the depth of locally added value involved in projects like this, we can react very flexibly to the needs of our local customers and comply with the ‘Make in India’ campaign launched by the Indian government”.

Sanjay Kandlikar, regional vice-president at MAN Diesel & Turbo India, said: “With the reduction of crude oil prices across the world, the power plant market in India is slowly coming back to life.”