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Wärtsilä Energy in Africa

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

7.2 GW

of engine power plant capacity installed.

600+

Power plants installed 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, 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. 

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.

  • Geita Gold Mine, Tanzania

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

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

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

    Power plant overhaul boosts availability and grid stability.

    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.

    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.

    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%."

    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.

    Lake Kivu

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Recent Press releases

Wärtsilä to supply a solar PV plant to Burkina Faso – creating Africa’s largest engine-solar PV hybrid power plant

Mar 22, 2017, 14:30 PM by Wärtsilä Corporation

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 15 MWp solar PV power plant to Essakane Solar SAS in Burkina Faso. The solar PV plant will be built next to a 55 MW Wärtsilä power plant currently running on heavy fuel oil. The solar PV plant and the engine power plant will be controlled and operated in synchronization, thus forming the largest engine-solar PV hybrid power plant in Africa. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) for the solar PV power plant, including the control system for the hybrid plant. The power plant is scheduled to be operational in late 2017. The order is booked for the first quarter of 2017.  

Essakane Solar SAS, 90% owned by global independent power producer EREN Renewable Energy (EREN) and 10% by its development partner African Energy Management Platform (AEMP), will operate the solar PV plant and sell the energy to IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine. The off-grid gold mine, located 330 kilometers northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou, produces approximately 400,000 ounces of gold per year. Reliable and sustainable around-the-clock energy is a requisite for an off-grid mine location like this.

The ability to control and optimize the usage of engines and solar power will enable the mine to decrease its fuel consumption by approximately 6 million litres per year and to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 18,500 tons. In addition, the project will create jobs for the region during the operation.

“This project represents a major breakthrough in the industry,” explains Christophe Fleurence, Vice President, Business Development for Africa, at EREN. Hybrid solar PV-engine solutions will allow energy intensive industries to enter an era of more climate-friendly operations, improve business and increase resilience to oil price variation.

“EREN chose Wärtsilä for its meritorious track record in EPC projects in Africa and their commitment to design, deliver and support a reliable hybrid solution like this,” continues Christophe Fleurence. 

With this project Wärtsilä will have over 6800 MW of installed capacity on the African continent. Globally, Wärtsilä’s installed base is over 63 GW in 176 countries.

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For more information, please contact

Jerome Jouaville
Business Development Manager, Africa West
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Tel: +33 6 74975225
jerome.jouaville@wartsila.com

Jukka-Pekka Niemi
General Manager, Marketing
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Tel: +358 50 465 2805
jukka-pekka.niemi@wartsila.com

Wärtsilä Energy Solutions in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global system integrator offering a broad range of environmentally sound solutions. The company supplies ultra-flexible internal combustion engine based power plants and utility-scale solar PV power plants, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. The flexible and efficient Wärtsilä solutions provide customers with superior value and enable a transition to a more sustainable and modern energy system. As of 2017, Wärtsilä has 63 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world.
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