German headquartered Manufacturing Company-MAN Diesel & Turbo has completed the construction of a power plant that will significantly increase electricity supply in Senegal.
With a production capacity of up to 96 Mega Watts, the new power will generate the equivalent of 15 percent of the West African country’s current electricity consumption.
A statement from the company said: “This electricity will be used to power businesses, shops, universities and houses, thus providing a whole host of new opportunities for growth within Senegal, which currently experiences recurring power outages.”
Designed to operate with five MAN 18V48/60 engines and a MAN MARC® steam turbine, it is the second plant in Africa to make use of MAN’s diesel combined cycle product package.
The waste heat from the engines powers a steam turbine, which in turn generates 6.6 Mega Watts of electricity.
The power plant, which is located in Tobène in the region of Thiès, 90 kilometer north of the capital Dakar, will supply to the national grid that is operated by Senegal’s national electricity company, SENELEC.
“The new plant uses our diesel combined cycle product package, which offers outstanding performance and excellent environmental standards.
Thanks to the second cycle using a MARC® steam turbine, fuel consumption is lowered by 6 percent and CO2 emissions are also reduced for any kWh produced,” says Mesut Yentur, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo France and Head of Power Plant Sales in the French-speaking regions of Western Africa.
Partnership and Africa expansion
MAN partnered MATELEC, a Lebanese company specialising in electricity infrastructures, to get the plant commissioned in record time.
Chief Executive Officer of MATELEC, Sami Soughayar said, “Our collaboration with MAN Diesel & Turbo proved to be highly professional and a great success. With project teams being perfectly coordinated, it only took just over 15 months for the power plant to be able to deliver its first MW to the Senegalese national grid.”
MAN Diesel & Turbo is keeping its footprints in Africa. Having had a presence in South Africa since 2008 and in Dakar since 2010, the company opened a new Sales & Service office in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015 and is currently building plants in Gambia, Eritrea, Niger and Burkina Faso.
The company said in a statement that, “These successes are based on more than 50 years of doing business in Africa. During that time, over 3.2 gigawatts of generation capacity have been installed in 37 African countries.”