Wärtsilä has won contracts totalling nearly €60m from Senegal public utility Senelec to expand two power plants in Senegal.

The extension projects will provide two additional 18 cylinder Wärtsilä 46 engines to each site, which will increase output by 34 MW to total 102 MW on each site.

The turnkey extensions are for power plants that Wärtsilä delivered – the Bel Air power plant, built in 2005, and the Kahone plant, built in 2006. Both are powered by 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 46 engines, and are maintained and operated by Wärtsilä under a 15-year agreement signed in 2006.

Tony van Velzen, Regional Director, Africa, Wärtsilä Power Plants, said the company won the contract through the rapidity it could raise capacity in Senegal, by being able to engineer, deliver and construct these extensions in just 12 months.

“The main focus in all our discussions with the Senegalese authorities was the urgency of the situation,” he said.

“There was enormous pressure to come up with a solution that could quickly and efficiently alleviate the challenges relating to the nation’s rapidly increasing need for power.”

Wärtsilä claims a leading position in supplying flexible power plants to West Africa. In Senegal alone, Wärtsilä has already supplied 14 power plants totalling more than 220 MW.

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