News and Media | 31-10-2018

Kayes Power Plant in Mali has successfully commenced operation


On 31 October, BWSC participated in an incredible inauguration ceremony for the 90 MW Kayes Power Plant in Mali. The event was attended by the President of the Republic of Mali, ministers and other prominent guests.

The facility adds up tp 90 MW to the national grid, enough power to meet the electricity needs of the  equivalent of up to 780.000 households. 

Danish power plant construction company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) has constructed and invested in this highly modern plant which is also Mali’s largest and most efficient thermal power plant. The plant is located in the Kayes region in western Mali, which is Mali’s 6th largest city.

The power plant, which is composed of six (6) medium speed, highly efficient, 15 MW Caterpillar engines, will produce a guaranteed minimum of 578 GWH of electricity per year while respecting the latest international environmental guidelines. The power plant will operate on a base load basis, increasing Mali’s total installed production capacity significantly along with providing constant supply of much needed reliable and affordable electricity.

Nikolaj Holmer Nissen, newly appointed CEO at BWSC said:

“At BWSC, we are very proud to be part of the successful implementation of the first IPP project in the Republic of Mali, which will provide much needed electricity to the Malian people and support growth and development in the country.

We have worked closely with the local authorities and our business partners to lead the construction and take the plant into commercial operation ahead of schedule, to specification and within budget. We look forward to continued corporation for the next 13 years during which BWSC will be operating the plant, and to continue playing an important role in the power sector in Mali for many years to come.”

Along with providing reliable energy, Albatros Energy Mali has also set up a Corporate and Social Responsibility program focusing on Health, Water and Education to support the local community by taking on a number of social initiatives. One of these is the Hawa-Dembaya 2018 River-race, a canoe relay race across the Senegal river, organized by Albatros Energy Mali and the Mayor of Hawa-Dembaya.region, funded through sponsorships from BWSC, IFU, AIIM and Redox amongst others.  The donations will go towards financing of an ambulance for the Hawa-Dembaya region.

For further information

Gro Mali Brogaard Buhl
Communications Coordinator
P: +45 4812 5211

About BWSC

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) is a Danish engineering and contracting company that develops, builds, operates and owns high-performance engine-based and boiler-based power plants. The majority of the projects are supplied as turnkey plants, and BWSC has delivered more than 180 power plants to 53 countries worldwide with a total capacity of more than 3,500 MW. Currently, BWSC has on-going activities in the UK, Faroe Islands, Japan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Benin, Mali and now also Bermuda. In 2017, BWSC had a turnover of EURm 395, and the order backlog amounted to EURm 956 at end-2017. In February 2017, BWSC acquired the Danish boiler manufacturer Burmeister & Wain Energy (BWE) and thus secured its position as a leading energy company on the global market for small and medium-sized biomass power plants. BWSC originates from the stationary engine division of Burmeister & Wain (B&W), which has built and installed diesel engines since 1904. BWSC was established as a separate specialist company in 1980 and was acquired by Japanese Mitsui E&S Holdings Co., Ltd. in 1990.