• African nations seem to be swiftly adopting new inventions to counter the challenge of over-relying on the national grid electricity to feed their energy needs.

    The latest technology is in Senegal where MAN Diesel & Turbo has completed the construction of diesel combined cycle plant.

    This is the second plant in Africa to make use of MAN’s diesel combined cycle product package. The plant is designed such that the waste heat from the engines powers a steam turbine, which in turn generates 6.6 MW of electricity. The new power plant has a production capacity of up to 96 MW.

    According to a statement, the power plant which is located in Tobène in the region of Thiès will supply to the national grid that is operated by Senegal’s national electricity company, SENELEC.

    The new project will generate an equivalent of 15 percent of the country's current electricity consumption.

    Apart from powering businesses, shops, universities, and houses, the additional power to the nation’s grid will create new opportunities for growth within Senegal, which currently experiences recurring power outages.

    Mesut Yentur, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo France and Head of Power Plant Sales in the French-speaking regions of Western Africa praised the efficiency of the diesel combined cycle product package.

    “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,” Mr Yentur said.

    The plant has been actualized through an effective partnership with MATELEC, a Lebanese company specializing in electricity infrastructures.

    The construction of the power plant was done within 15 months and it is expected to be expanded in the second working phase to boost the generation capacity to 115 MW up from the current 96 MW.

    With 50 years of operation in Africa, MAN Diesel & Turbo has their footing 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. Since its establishment, over 3.2 gigawatts of generation capacity have been installed in 37 African countries.

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