The Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) in consortium with MAN Diesel and Turbo (MDT) has been awarded a EUR 125 million contract to build a 120 MW power plant in Benin. It constitutes the second contract for BWSC in Western Africa in 2017, and once completed, it will be the most efficient plant of its type in the region.
The project is a complete turnkey power plant project, which entails construction of a whole new power house for seven MDT dual fuel engines and all corresponding infrastructure. It is to be delivered within 18 months from effective contract.
The dual fuel HFO and gas-fired power plant will be located at the Maria Gléta site, about 15 km from the city of Cotonou. The plant will provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of about 300,000 European households and responds to the government’s goal to develop the energy sector in Benin in a sustainable manner. Benin has a rapidly growing demand for power, estimated at six percent per year, and this new project is expected to significantly enhance the much needed electricity supply to power business growth and enhance living standards in the peri-urban areas surrounding Cotonou.
The project was won by BWSC in an international tender round, and the contract was signed with the state-owned utility Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE). The project is financed by Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia, the West African Development Bank and Banque d’investissement et de Développement in Togo.
“We are pleased and appreciative of this opportunity given to us. This order underlines BWSC’s strength as a leading EPC supplier and provider of the most efficient energy technology available in the market today. It marks the culmination of a close collaboration between the customer and BWSC and demonstrates our ability to work with governments and stakeholders from anywhere in the world based on our experience and competencies from the energy industry, our global presence, and the know-how of our 900 employees" said Anders Heine Jensen, CEO, BWSC.