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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

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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.

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  • 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.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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 supply added generating capacity and existing plant upgrade for repeated Egyptian customer

Apr 25, 2022, 12:00 by Wärtsilä Corporation

The technology group Wärtsilä’s strong relationship with one of Egypt’s major independent power producers (IPPs) is further enhanced with a new order. Under a contract placed in February 2022 by Kahraba, a subsidiary of Egypt Kuwait Holding (EKH), Wärtsilä will deliver new generating equipment to add approximately 20 MW of output to the existing Borg El Arab power plant located some 45 kilometres southwest of Alexandria, Egypt. Additionally, Wärtsilä will upgrade the existing 40 MW plant with the latest generation control system. The contract was booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in Q1, 2022.

The Borg El Arab plant currently operates with four Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, the cleanest of all widely available fuels. As a result of increased industrial demand for electricity in the region, additional generating capacity is needed, and because of the reliability of the existing operation, an additional two Wärtsilä 34SG engines was deemed to be the optimal solution.

“Industrial growth is vital to the region’s economic development, and a reliable power supply is essential for driving this growth. We have been extremely satisfied with the efficiency and reliability of the Wärtsilä engines and the approach of Wärtsilä’s personnel in serving our needs to optimise our operations. This is why we had no hesitation in selecting Wärtsilä again for this plant expansion project,” said Magdi El Badry, Chairman & Managing Director of Kahraba.

“We have worked very closely with Kahraba in the past and are delighted to be working with them again on this important project. By operating the engines on locally available natural gas, the plant’s environmental footprint is lessened. Furthermore, the flexibility of the Wärtsilä engines will enable the system to incorporate increasing levels of energy from renewable sources,” commented Marc Thiriet, Director, Wärtsilä Energy, Africa West.

Egypt, which has one of the largest electricity grids on the African continent, is making increasing use of renewable energy. The government has set targets for renewables to comprise 42% of the country’s electricity mix by 2035, based on rapid solar and wind energy deployment. The fast-starting and stopping capabilities of Wärtsilä’s gas engines provide the grid balancing needed to compensate for the intermittency of renewables. Wärtsilä engines are ready to also operate on sustainable fuels in the future, once they become widely available, which makes them a future-proof solution. Already today Wärtsilä engines can use synthetic and carbon-neutral methane and methanol, and hydrogen blends. Sustainable fuels together with engines can take care of long-term energy storage needs for periods with persistently low wind or solar conditions.

Kahraba is one of Egypt’s most prominent IPP companies and the country’s only authorised private buyer and seller of gas. Wärtsilä has earlier delivered a number of power generating projects for Kahraba and other subsidiaries of EKH. The extended Borg El Arab plant is expected to become fully operational in 2023.

Earlier published press release Wärtsilä gas engine solutions will support local industry by increasing Egyptian power plant’s capacity by two thirds


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Mirja-Maija Santala
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wärtsilä Energy
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Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonisation by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS energy management 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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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
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    Kenya

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    Waiyaki Way
    Nairobi
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    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