News and Media | 03-12-2012

BWSC secures important power plant contract in South America


Danish power plant specialist, BWSC, awarded EUR 40 million contract to build a 63 MW power plant in Paramaribo, Suriname

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) has recently landed a strategically important contract worth EUR 40 million to build a new greenfield 63 MW power plant on a full turnkey basis for the Government owned utility in Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) in the northern part of South America. 

The power plant will be a modern, Heavy Fuel Oil-fired diesel generation station, designed to be the most efficient diesel power generation facility, not only in the country but in the region. The plant will be equipped with three diesel generator sets of the latest, most up-to-date series, the 18V48/60TS four-stroke medium speed model, supplied by the German engine manufacturer, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE. The prime movers, associated equipment, and machinery layouts have been configured to provide the most compact, cost and fuel efficient solution available on the market.

The contract is a fast track project with taking over of the power plant by the client, N.V. Energiebedrijven Suriname (EBS), scheduled to take place in December 2013/early 2014.

The project forms the keystone building block in the long-term development plans for Suriname’s regional electricity expansion program, recently tabled by EBS, to secure a more stable, efficient and environmentally responsible electricity supply for the inhabitants of the capital city region of Paramaribo.
”Based on the strategy for our positioning in the Caribbean as well as in the Central and South America areas, we are very proud of the trust and confidence which our new client, EBS, has shown in us by signing this new contract”, says Anders Heine Jensen, CEO in BWSC while at the same time highlighting the many advantages of the project for Suriname.

”The new power plant will ensure reliable electricity supplies to the approx. 200,000 inhabitants in the region of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, together with improving energy security to the vital gold mining interests within the surrounding region. The new power plant will have a significantly lower fuel consumption compared to existing power plants in Suriname and will allow older, less efficient generating units to be retired. Further, the plant will be designed with a strong focus on the environment, i.e. meeting World Bank Guidelines for low noise and emission, and is thereby an extremely important step by EBS to meet current international environmental requirements”, states Anders Heine Jensen.

Ready for further development of the electricity sector in Suriname

The new order and more projects in the pipeline currently materializing into firm orders, prepare the ground for optimism at BWSC. 

Since 1982, the company has been actively represented in the Caribbean area neighboring Suriname and BWSC has, thus, a deeply rooted understanding of its local markets.

”We are highly active in the Caribbean area close to Suriname. Ever since the establishment of the company, we have kept our focus on creating real value for our clients by offering them the exact solutions they are looking for. Like many of our other clients we hope that EBS in the future will once again turn to BWSC to benefit from our more than 30 years of expertise within power plant generation, especially when looking at the further optimization and development of the electricity sector in Suriname”, concludes Anders Heine Jensen.   

Within the past three decades, BWSC has delivered 168 high efficient power plants to 50 countries worldwide. BWSC has current activities in amongst others Malta, Kenya, Panama, Sri Lanka and in England. In Lincolnshire located in the Eastern part of England, BWSC is constructing one of the largest straw-fired biomass plants in the world.

For further information: 

Anders Heine Jensen, CEO
Telephone:  +45 48 10 23 00