MAN D&T and BWSC win key Benin contract15 May 2018
A consortium of MAN Diesel & Turbo and Danish EPC specialist, BWSC (Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor) has won the contract to build the new 127 MW Maria Gleta power plant near the city of Cotonou, Benin. The plant will be equipped with seven 51/60DF gensets, due for delivery during 2018, with operation scheduled for the first half of 2019. In addition, MAN PrimeServ will supply spare parts and support major maintenance activies under a long term service agreement with BWSC, which will be operating the plant.
“The plant will operate on natural gas, as soon as the supply has been established”, said Waldemar Wiesner, head of region MEA for the power plants business at MAN Diesel & Turbo. “Thanks to our dual-fuel technology, it can run on HFO in the meantime. Such fuel flexibility is essential to ensure the immediate production of electrical energy, once the construction has been finalised. To date, only 30% of the people of Benin have access to electricity, which is why the project is of great importance.”
The plant is part of the Benin government’s action plan “Revealing Benin”, which is centred around 45 flagship projects. Maria Gleta is planned to be eventually expanded to 400 MW as part of this programme.
Cotonou is the largest city in Benin, the country’s economic centre, and a transport hub, the port of Cotonou being one of the largest in West Africa.