German power equipment maker, MAN Energy Solutions is currently working on constructing new power plants in Africa and has announced that it will be supplying power generation technology for two new stations in Senegal and Mali. As per sources, the company will be supplying 8 × MAN 14V51/60 engines for a power station in Mali, which will feed 100MW of capacity to the national grid.
Ghassan Saab, Head of Power (MEA), MAN Energy Solutions, claims that the demand for electricity in Mali is increasing by 10% annually, making expansion of generation capacity a priority for the government. The new power plant will increase the country’s total power generation capacity by 25%, setting the foundation for a reliable energy supply infrastructure for the region.
Meanwhile, in Senegal, MAN will be supplying 6 × MAN 9L51/60 engines for generating a total of 54MW of power for backing a cement factory. Apparently, expansion activities in the cement plant have led to a significant increase in energy requirement, making it necessary to build a second power plant in Senegal.
Commenting on this, Mr. Saab mentioned that MAN’s modular power-plant concept offers many advantages for industrial customers as power generation capacity can flexibly be adapted to existing energy consumption and can allow customers to respond to load fluctuations during production.
MAN’s 51/60 engines can also be converted to dual-fuel operation and run on low-emission natural gas to ensures the plant’s future viability.
Mr. Saab added with the four power-plants, their company is strengthening its local presence in West Africa and making a key contribution to economic growth in these countries. MAN has a long track record in Africa as it has been active with power projects in over 30 African countries for many years, and have commissioned over 3.2 GW of generation capacity.