HomeWorld RegionsAfricaAPR wins Benin fast-track gas plant deal

APR wins Benin fast-track gas plant deal

APR Energy has won a project for a fast-track dual-fuel power plant in Benin.

The deal is a 12-month contract with Benin’s Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines for a 50 MW plant running on APR’s fuel-flexible aeroderivative turbines. The turbines will be fuelled by natural gas with the ability to switch to diesel if needed.

The project is expected to come online in December and APR chairman John Campion said it would help Benin “in its effort to become self-reliant when it comes to power generation”.

Campion explained: “Benin currently imports a significant portion of its electricity from neighboring Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and this project will allow Benin to grow its economy using domestically-produced power.”

He said another economic benefit would “come from the fact that most of the employees who will install, operate and maintain our power plant will be hired and trained from the local workforce”.

Once the Benin project is complete, APR Energy will have installed more than 1000 MW of generating capacity in 11 African countries since 2008.

“As a partner in the US government’s Power Africa initiative, we are proud to be playing a significant role in bringing electricity to the people and businesses of Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Campion.