MAN Diesel & Turbo has landed a contract to train the staff of a power plant in Gabon.

The deal with the West African country’s public development company for power and water, Société du Patrimoine, will see MAN Diesel train workers at the Cap Lopez plant, located close to Port Gentil.

Some 37 staff are undergoing an extensive 12-month training programme at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s training facility in St Nazaire in France.

As well as covering the maintenance of engines and turbochargers, the programme will upgrade their skills on plant operation and management as well as on engine performance analysis and safety regulations.

MAN Diesel will also send three experts to Gabon to the plant to assist in site management and offer support in maintenance and power plant operation management.

“Comprehensive and qualified training of the people operating a plant is absolutely essential”, said Wayne Jones of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “We are extremely happy to pass on our knowledge and expertise to Société du Patrimoine.”

The Cap Lopez power plant and its sister plant Alénakiri, in Gabon’s capital Libreville, have a capacity of 119 MW and are equipped with four MAN 18V51/60 dual fuel engines, which can operate on either natural gas or diesel.

The two plants are central elements of Gabon’s plans to expand its base for power generation. With 600 MW currently installed nationwide, Port Gentil and Alenakiri account for approximately 20 per cent of Gabon’s overall generation capacity.