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Taking Africa to its Energy Future

Africa is ready to provide enough energy to achieve the most ambitious of goals, and it can do it while maintaining all environmental targets.

We believe careful planning of power systems towards more sustainable and diversified energy supply portfolios can save billions and rapidly reduce CO2 emissions. We create value through our extensive power system knowledge and experience from integrating different generating assets.

On this page, you may find our best materials and proceedings in energising and decarbonising the continent of Africa.

References in Africa

7.6 GW

of engine power plant capacity installed

46

African countries with active customers

600+

Wärtsilä engines installed across the continent

180+

customers across the continent

  • Pathways for Africa's energy future
    Pathways for Africa's energy future - a new report

    Africa has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leapfrog to a renewable and reliable energy future, and increase energy access across the continent.

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Wärtsilä's industry firsts in Africa

With more than 650 employees and service hubs located in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal, Wärtsilä is proud to have contributed to many industry firsts. These include Africa’s largest gas engine power plant on the Kribi coast of Cameroon with 216MW capacity, as well as Africa’s highest installation, the 175 MW power plant in Sasolburg, South Africa, sitting at 1,700 meters above sea level. 

Another first, the KivuWatt power plant in Rwanda, is the first ever power plant to use the naturally occurring methane from lake Kivu to generate electricity and reduce the environmental risks associated with such high concentrations of gas. Today’s power output is 25 MW but future planned expansions to this project will increase capacity by an additional 75 MW. 

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Our references from across the continent

  • Paras Energy, Nigeria

    Since deciding in 2009 that its three new power plants would operate with Wärtsilä gas engines rather than gas turbines, the conventional choice at that time in Nigeria, Paras Energy has continued to benefit from that decision.

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    Engineer working in Paras Energy power plant.
  • Geita Gold Mine, Tanzania

    Reliable power generation in a remote off-grid location in Tanzania.

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    Image of Geita gold mine power plant
  • B2Gold Fekola Mine, Mali

    Our GEMS Digital Energy Platform together with energy storage solutions were the key players in helping the Fekola gold mine in Mali to reduce their dependency on expensive fuel, lower their carbon emissions and optimise their mining operations.

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    Energy Storage in Mali
  • Pointe Monnier, Mauritius

    The Central Electricity Board (CEB) of Mauritius improved the performance as well as reduced the operating costs of their power plant by having a turbocharger retrofit.

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    Pointe Monnier, Mauritius
  • Essakane Solar SAS, Burkina Faso

    The Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso receives its needed power from Africa’s largest engine-solar PV hybrid power plant delivered by Wärtsilä. Benefits for the mine include reduced fuel costs and a smaller carbon footprint. The capability to control and optimise the usage of the solar PV power and engines enables the gold mine to reduce its fuel consumption by an estimated 6 million litres per year and its annual CO2 emissions by 18,500 tons.

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    Essakane Solar SAS - Burkina Faso
  • Kaloum 5, Republic of Guinea

    Power plant overhaul boosts availability and grid stability.

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    Kaloum 5 - Republic of Guinea
  • Malicounda, Senegal

    With 450 MW of installed capacity in Senegal, Wärtsilä is the country’s leading provider of power generation equipment. The Matelec company placed an order for the delivery of an energy efficient 130 MW Flexicycle™ power plant. This investment will enable Senegal to achieve its goal of reducing consumer electricity pricing.

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    Malicounda, Senegal
  • Grande Côte, Senegal

    The Grande Côte Mineral Sands Project aims to extract valuable zircon and titanium dioxide from sandy deposits along the Senegalese coast from 2014 for at least the next 20 years.

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    Grande Cote Power Plant - Senegal
  • Sasolburg, South Africa

    "Our old generating equipment was replaced with more efficient units. New power plant technology is used to meet increased demand for electricity. Gas-engine technology allows us to reduce our carbon footprint by more than 40%."

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    Sasolburg operations
  • Lake Kivu, Rwanda

    This power plant utilises naturally occurring methane gas from Lake Kivu to generate electricity via Wärtsilä 34SG engines. Total output will be 25 MW. By reducing gas levels in the lake while, at the same time, providing additional power generating capacity, both environmental and economic targets can be met. This is the first time that Lake Kivu’s methane gas will be used to fuel a power plant of this size.

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    Lake Kivu

Recent Country White Papers

Opinions

  • Kenya: East Africa’s Power House
    The energy loom: Crafting Africa's green transition with precision

    The call for a green revolution is no longer a distant echo; it's the resounding demand of the present. Much like an artisan weaver poised before a complex loom, the world faces the task of crafting a grand tapestry of sustainability.

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  • Stable and transparent policymaking is essential to reach Nigeria’s electrification targets

    Developing a culture of stability in Nigeria’s energy policymaking will be key to unlocking the massive foreign investments needed to achieve its 2060 carbon neutrality goals.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • South Africa Slide Image
    Power System Operators: A Balancing Act

    Imagine a power system operator in South Africa as the head of a diverse family, trying to maintain a harmonious household of electricity supply.

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  • Renewable energy will save west africa hundreds of millions of dollars

    Paired with energy storage and flexible engine power plants, renewable energy will reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 and generate savings of $700 million dollars by 2035.

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  • South Africa Slide Image
    Gas Power Solution for South Africa

    Wärtsilä also believes that there are at least ten short to medium term <400MW gas power opportunities to be realised across the country, which would bring much needed flexibility across the grid

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  • Nigeria’s industry is rising to twin challenges

    In most places in Africa, the development of renewable energy capacity is a very competitive solution that industrials can adopt to lower their environmental impact and energy costs. But things aren’t as clear-cut in Nigeria.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • Africa Image for slides
    Africa’s energy leapfrogging reality

    In-depth studies have demonstrated that with the adequate support of flexible power technologies, ambitious renewable energy objectives in Africa are achievable

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  • South Africa Slide Image
    Thank you Gas for my cup of tea

    Our modelling reveals that gas plays an important role in maintaining a reliable supply under numerous “real world” events.

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  • Africa Image for slides
    Africa can adopt renewable energy on a massive scale

    Countries across Africa want to make good on their objective of building huge amounts of new generation capacity to anticipate on vast increases in energy demand.

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  • South Africa Slide Image
    Optimising energy storage and thermal balancing: the case for South Africa

    With increasing power outages and the ongoing threat of loadshedding, the need for sustainable energy production in the country is becoming more apparent.

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  • South Africa Slide Image
    SA ‘faces a decade of load-shedding without gas’

    The country needs to install 9,000 megawatts of gas-fired power at a cost of as much as $8bn to ease the transition from coal to renewable energy

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  • Accelerating Nigeria’s 30-30-30 vision

    Our modelling shows that the country requires more aggressive capacity additions than the current situation, referred to as the business-as-usual scenario, in order to achieve the country’s stated 30-30-30 vision.

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  • South Africa Slide Image
    Wärtsilä Modelling Proves the Flexibility of Gas in SA’s Energy Transition

    Finnish technology group Wärtsilä presented its latest findings and rigorous analysis that was undertaken on the South African power system, amidst the current energy crisis.

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  • The cheapest way to meet Mozambique’s new electricity demand

    A recent study carried out by Wärtsilä shows that investing in a combination of renewables and gas would save $2 billion and 25 million tons of CO2 by 2032

    Read the Opinion Piece

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Wärtsilä to accelerate decarbonisation in Indonesia, following inauguration of new workshop and Land & Sea Academy

Nov 13, 2023, 08:00 by Wärtsilä Corporation

Technology group Wärtsilä has today inaugurated its new workshop and Land & Sea Academy training facilities in Jakarta, Indonesia. The facilities will support and optimise the company’s energy and marine industry customers' operations and accelerate their decarbonisation journey.

With an urgent need to triple renewable deployment globally to meet climate targets[1], Indonesia’s energy system is rapidly changing to support more flexible and renewable power generation. Wärtsilä’s new workshop and training facilities will enable the company to provide high-quality, local services and expert support to its customers and partners on this journey.

"The renewal of the workshop and training facilities is a concrete proof-point of our strong, long-term commitment to support our customers in Indonesia. The workshop is equipped with modern tools and machinery operated by skilled personnel which enable all types of maintenance and repair work, as well as remanufacturing and upgrades,” said Erwin Vanderkerff, Managing Director and President, Wärtsilä Indonesia. 

“The Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy provides high-quality training solutions covering all aspects of managing and operating installations, including maintenance, safety, reliability and performance, and will help customers to master sophisticated Wärtsilä technologies and equipment. With this investment, we will further develop our local capabilities to provide the best services to our energy and marine customers and partners both in Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia,” Vanderkerff continued.

Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Wärtsilä is committed to supporting the economic growth in the country through investing in the development of local expertise and power generation to ensure availability of reliable and sustainable power supply through the entire Indonesian archipelago.  

"Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy customers. We are proud to closely collaborate with our stakeholders in Indonesia to ensure availability of local expertise and knowledge. Through our commitment and investments, we can help provide reliable and affordable power generation to support economic growth and accelerate decarbonisation in Indonesia,” said Frederic Carron, Vice President, Middle East & Asia, Wärtsilä Energy.

As Indonesia continues on its economic growth journey, the country has set out bold targets to decarbonise its energy system. A future energy system powered by more renewable energy will require greater flexibility. Flexibility can be achieved by choosing the right, future-proof technologies and designing flexible energy markets. All the technologies needed to achieve net zero already exist, and we must act quickly to deliver this transition. 

Every Second Counts: Sustainability and Flexibility

Wärtsilä believes that to achieve climate targets, carbon emissions need to peak by 2025 and halve by the end of the decade. The urgency of the situation is unequivocal, and the solution is equally clear: we need to triple renewable energy and require a seismic change in the level of investment - up to USD 5.7 trillion per year by 2030 to put us on course for the 1.5C Paris Agreement scenario.

“The final quarter of this year, as we build up to COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference, is the critical moment to shift our focus from targets to implementation at pace. However, introducing more renewables is not enough to deliver the change we need. To enable wind and solar to thrive, we need to build reliable, affordable, and flexible energy systems, and we cannot delay any longer,“ says Anders Lindberg, President, Wärtsilä Energy.

Wärtsilä has studied and modelled over 190 energy systems worldwide, using energy market simulation software and has found that anywhere in the world, the most cost-effective approach to reach 100% renewable energy is to combine renewable power with grid flexibility.

Flexibility is not an optional addition to our power systems with an increasing amount of renewables – it is an essential part of our future power grids. If we fail to deliver flexibility at scale, it will threaten our ability to provide affordable and reliable power to industry, homes and businesses – and this will have an impact on reaching our decarbonisation targets. A lack of flexibility will inhibit our ability to deliver reliable renewable power, which could have a significant impact on lives and livelihoods.

"We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our window to reduce emissions and keep our planet habitable is closing. We have the technologies and expertise available now to create a greener future, and there is no time to waste: every second counts," Lindberg concludes.

[1] International Renewable Energy Agency: Investment Needs of USD 35 trillion by 2030 for Successful Energy Transition

Media contact for more information on this release: 

Katri Pehkonen 
Communications Manager 
Wärtsilä Energy 
Mob: +358 50 591 6180 
katri.pehkonen@wartsila.com 

Image caption: Technology group Wärtsilä has today inaugurated its new workshop and Land & Sea Academy training facilities in Jakarta, Indonesia© Wärtsilä Corporation

Wärtsilä Indonesia in brief
Wärtsilä Indonesia is a subsidiary of Wärtsilä Corporation and focuses on the energy and marine markets by providing products, solutions, and services with complete lifecycle solutions. The company has a long-term presence of over 40 years in Indonesia, and an installed base of 5,300 MW of power generation capacity. Wärtsilä’s over 300 professionals serve customers in energy and marine markets throughout Indonesia.

Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our partners to accelerate their decarbonisation journeys through our market-leading technologies and power system modelling expertise. These cover decarbonisation services, future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS Digital Energy Platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.
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Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,500 professionals in more than 240 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2022, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
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Africa local offices

    South Africa

    4 Powerful Street, 
    Paarden Eiland
    7405, 
    Cape Town
    Tel. +27 21 5111 230

    Nigeria

    Wärtsilä Marine and Power Services Nigeria
    23 Oba Akinjobi Street
    Ikeja GRA, Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel. +234 907 808 0936 - Marine enquiry
            +234 8057217049 - New Builds enquiry
            +234 708 624 3992 - After Sales enquiry
    E-mail: Sales/Services equiries WNG@Wartsila.com

    Kenya

    ABC Towers - 7A, ABC Place
    Waiyaki Way
    Nairobi
    Tel. +254 20 7602 400 (Pilot)
    E-mail: info.wea@wartsila.com

    Senegal

    Wärtsilä West Africa
    Immeuble Le Thiargane 7ème étage, Mermoz Place OMVS
    B.P. 21861 Dakar-Ponty, Dakar - Senegal
    Tel + 221 33 865 41 00
    Fax + 221 33 864 42 72
    E-mail: West.africa@wartsila.com

    Madagascar

    Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)
    QMM Madena, Fort Dauphin, 614
    Madagascar
    Tel. +261 20 224 3267
    Fax: +261 20 224 3253

    Cameroon

    Wärtsilä Central Africa
    Wärtsilä Base, Essengue
    Douala, Cameroon
    Tel +237 33 50 54 00
    Fax +237 33 50 54 99
    wcm@wartsila.com for general information
    wcmsales@wartsila.com for commercial issues