Dakar - Senegal’s new power plant now has a production
capacity of up to 96 MW, which covers 15 percent of Senegal’s electricity
It is the second plant in Africa to make use of MAN Diesel’s
combined cycle product package. The waste heat from the engines powers a steam
turbine, which in turn generates 6.6 MW of electricity.
The power plant, which is located in Tobène in the region of
Thiès, 90 km north of Dakar, will supply to the national grid that is operated
by Senegal’s national electricity company, SENELEC. It will generate the
equivalent of 15 percent of the country's current electricity consumption.
This electricity will be used to power businesses, shops,
universities and houses, thus providing a host of new opportunities for growth
within Senegal, which currently experiences recurring power outages.
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“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.
“We are very happy with this project,” says Sami Soughayar,
CEO of MATELEC, a Lebanese company specialising in electricity infrastructures.
“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.”
With the existing plant having now been taken over by MAN
PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service brand, to ensure best-in-class
maintenance is provided, an expansion is already planned. By adding a diesel
engine, the plant’s generation capacity will be increased from 96 MW to 115 MW
by the end of the second working phase.
MAN Diesel & Turbo is witnessing a rise in its
activities 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
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