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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.

    Read the Opinion
  • 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.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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.

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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

    Read the Opinion Piece
  • 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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Recent press releases

Wärtsilä contracted to supply two 30 MW power plants for Indonesian state-owned utility

Nov 30, 2023, 09:30 by Wärtsilä Corporation

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the generating sets for two Indonesian power plants. The order has been placed by KEPCO E&C, a member of the consortium of KEPCO E&C-Adhi Karya, the consortium to build the plants for the Indonesian state-owned utility PLN. The order has been booked by Wärtsilä in November 2023.

The Sumbawa-2 plant located on Sumbawa island and the Tobelo plant on North Maluku will each operate with three Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines delivering an output of 30 MW. Initially they will be fuelled by mix of 35% biofuel and 65% diesel, in line with Indonesia’s biodiesel programme. They will switch to operate on natural gas when it becomes locally available. The plants will therefore be reducing carbon emissions while providing reliable electricity, and by doing so contribute to the decarbonisation journey of Indonesia.

“Having won the public tender for these projects, we needed a partner with the capability to deliver high efficiency and reliable power generation. Wärtsilä’s track record in Indonesia is well established, and the fuel flexibility of the Wärtsilä engines was an important consideration in their selection,” said Il Bae Kim, Executive Senior Vice President at KEPCO E&C.

“We are honoured to have been awarded the contract to supply the equipment for these two new power plants. The Wärtsilä 31DF engine has world-class efficiency, which is unmatched in its class, and is the perfect choice for these projects where flexibility and reliability are basic essentials,” commented Kari Punnonen, Energy Business Director Australasia at Wärtsilä.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered during 2024 and the two plants are expected to become fully operational in spring 2025.

The Wärtsilä 31 engine platform has established a benchmark in operating efficiency. The diesel version was recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine. The dual-fuel version ensures operational energy security through fuel flexibility and seamless switching between fuels. Its fast-starting capability, reaching full output load in just two minutes, makes the Wärtsilä 31DF ideal for grid balancing in systems integrating energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar.

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: Wärtsilä will supply the generating sets for two Indonesian power plants. © Wärtsilä Corporation

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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 115 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
    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