A 53 MW power plant has been inaugurated in the west African country of Senegal.
The new Cap des Biches plant comprises three Wärtsilä 46 internal combustion engines running on heavy fuel oil and a combined cycle heat recovery system and it is owned by ContourGlobal.
ContourGlobal chief executive Joseph C. Brandt said that the plant “proceeded from concept to the live generation of electricity in just 14 months – twice as fast as similar projects”.
The plant will feed electricity to the national grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement between ContourGlobal and Senelec, the national electricity company of Senegal.
The project is financed by International Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of the World Bank Group, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. It is also part of the US government’s Power for Africa initiative, which aims to add 30 000 MW of new power generation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Wärtsilä and ContourGlobal have already signed a contract to expand the plant with two additional engines which will take its total capacity to 87 MW.
Wartsila said that the plant is designed so it can quickly be converted to natural gas as soon as it becomes available – Senelec has announced plans to invest in a floating liquefied natural gas regasification terminal.