The Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), in consortium with MAN Diesel and Turbo (MDT), has been awarded US$150.26mn contract to build a 120MW gas-fired power plant in Benin
The project entails construction of a whole new power house for seven MDT dual fuel engines and all corresponding infrastructure. According to BWSC, the project is scheduled to be delivered in 18 months from effective contract.
The dual fuel HFO and gas-fired power plant will be located at the Maria Gléta site, about 15km from the city of Cotonou. The plant is expected to provide electricity to supply the equivalent of approximately 300,000 European households and responds to the government’s initiative to develop the energy sector in Benin in a sustainable manner.
Benin has a rapidly growing demand for power, estimated at six per cent per year, and this new project is set to enhance the electricity supply for business growth and living standards in the peri-urban areas surrounding Cotonou.
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.
BWSC won the project in an international tender round, and the contract was signed with the state-owned utility Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE).
BWSC is a Danish engineering and contracting company which develops, builds, operates and owns high-performance engine-based and boiler-based power plants. So far, the company has delivered more than 180 power plants to 53 countries worldwide with a total capacity of more than 3,500MW.