Wartsila To Supplly 57-MW Power Plant to Sierra Leone
By Editors of Power Engineering
Wartsila announced they’ve won a EPC contract for a 57-MW power generation plant to be supplied to CECA SL Generation Ltd., a Sierra Leone company co-owned by CEC Africa Investments and TCQ Power.
The order includes six Wartsila 32 engines running on heavy fuel oil. The plant is expected to become operational in 18 months.
This project is expected to have a significant impact on the development of Sierra Leone’s energy infrastructure, as the plant will single-handedly increase energy availability there by 40 percent.
Electricity access in Sierra Leone is amongst the lowest in the world with less than 15 percent of the population having access to the grid. The existing installed system capacity serving the capital Freetown totals about 84 MW, predominantly from hydro sources.
During the dry season, when the available hydropower drops to extremely low levels, the reduced availability and subsequently high cost of electricity impose lost economic opportunities for the local population and businesses.
Wartsila has a strong footprint in Africa with over 6.5 GW of installed power.