By Editors of Power Engineering
APR Energy has signed a contract for a 12-month project by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines in the African nation of Benin to provide 50 MW of power generation.
The power will be provided by APR’s aeroderivative natural-gas turbines that have the ability to switch to diesel fuel based on cost and availability. The project is expected to come online in December.
“We are honored to assist Benin in its effort to become self-reliant when it comes to power generation,” said APR Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Campion. “Benin currently imports a significant portion of its electricity from neighboring Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and this project will allow Benin to grow its economy using domestically produced power. Another economic benefit will come from the fact that most of the employees who will install, operate and maintain our power plant will be hired and trained from the local workforce.”
Including the new Benin project, APR Energy will have installed more than 1,000 MW of generating capacity in 11 African Countries since 2008.