BWSC, MAN ES and OLIBIS wins international tender to expand power supply and reduce noise pollution in the Suriname capital, Paramaribo.
Resulting from an international tender process Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) has reached an agreement with OLIBIS N.V, a long-term partner in Suriname and major financial supporter to the Suriname Utility, N.V. EBS (Energiebedrijven Suriname), to expand the DPP2 Bemland power plant.
In consortium with MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) and with funding from OLIBIS N.V., BWSC will expand the DPP2 power plant from 84 MW to 126 MW. The project further strengthens BWSC’s position as the power solution provider for the Surinamese people.
Energy efficiency and reduced emissions
The existing 84 MW DPP2 BEMLAND power station operated by EBS, was originally built by BWSC and MAN ES with funding from both OLIBIS and the Suriname Government in 2012 and extended in 2015.
The latest extension, tendered by EBS will utilize two 21 MW MAN ES generator sets powered by 18V48/60TS engines to increase the plant’s total baseload capacity to 126 MW, making it the backbone of the power generation in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, where approximately half of the country’s population reside and work.
The EBS DPP2 BEMLAND power station is one of the most fuel-efficient, single-cycle, power stations in the region and is designed to operate extremely quietly. The new extension will enable EBS to further reduce overall fuel consumption and emissions. Importantly for local residents and businesses, it will allow EBS to reduce the operation of the less efficient, smaller generators in the older, adjoining DPP1 plant, which is a source of high noise emissions due to its open-sided construction dating back to the 1960s.
The new engines are designed to provide a reliable and fuel-efficient power supply, while complying with all the latest and most stringent environmental regulations.
BWSC will also be working with EBS in the upgrade and expansion of the 33kV distribution system to enhance reliability and extend the service to residents in the northern part of the city.
Funding for both projects is being provided by OLIBIS N.V. a local business in Suriname. The CEO of OLIBIS, Mr. Otmar Sibilo has commented that “despite Suriname going through very difficult financial times and serious currency devaluation, OLIBIS will continue to support the residents of Suriname and is proud to be sponsoring the much needed expansion of EBS’s generation capacity with BWSC and MAN ES.”
“This is an important moment for our company,” BWSC’s CEO, Nikolaj Holmer Nissen, stated after the agreement was reached. “OLIBIS N.V and EBS have been valued BWSC partners since the first contract in 2012, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work together on this significant project. We are also very pleased to have partnered with MAN ES on this project as their engines are among the cleanest, most reliable and efficient on the market today. We look forward to working together with all our partners in delivering this critical infrastructure to the people of Suriname” said Nissen.