A consortium of Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions and Denmark’s Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) has won a $100m deal to build a 56 MW dual fuel power plant in Bermuda.

The contract is with Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO), Bermuda’s sole supplier of electricity which operates Pembroke generating plant plus T&D systems throughout the island.

Between now and 2020, BELCO will phase out all existing 17 fuel oil engines at the plant. The deal with MAN Energy and BWSC is to replace nine of those engines with a new plant on the Pembroke site.

The replacement generation will comprise four of MAN Energy’s dual-fuel engines. Wayne Jones of MAN Energy said: “The dual-fuel technology of the MAN 51/60 DF engine offers the operational flexibility required for such critical infrastructure. BELCO will continue to use fuel oil until a National Fuel Policy has been developed and implemented for Bermuda, but rest assured that our engines will generate the required electrical energy with great efficiency and maximum reliability – regardless of fuel choice.”

MAN Energy Solutions was previously MAN Diesel & Turbo. The company changed its name in June to reflect a change of strategic direction. Chief executive Uwe Lauber said: “We are expanding our range to include hybrid, storage and digital service technologies and, in doing so, are positioning ourselves as a solution supplier for the giant challenge of the transition to a climate-neutral economy by the middle of this century.

He said the new name “references our future role as supplier of complete system solutions. Similarly, aligning the product range more closely with the mega-trend of decarbonization is represented by emphasising ‘Energy’ as a performance feature that connects the entire portfolio.”