Grande Cote, Senegal

Grande Côte

Grande Côte, Senegal

36 MW

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. The project uses dredge-mining techniques in a dammed reservoir that will slowly shift through the sand dunes. A floating electrically powered dredge vessel will suck up sand and centrifugally separate heavier minerals for further treatment in a processing facility at the mining camp.

This is my third project with Wärtsilä, and once again I’ve appreciated Wärtsilä’s focus and support for their customers as the number one goal during both construction and operations.
Tony Warnett, Power Station Superintendent, Grande Côte Operations


High variability in energy demand between full operation and standby mode, when only base camp and mineral separation plant is running

Hot, dry, dusty conditions

Natural gas may later become available as a favoured fuel


Flexible configuration with four large engines and one smaller engine

Specially selected air intake filter and radiator cooling solutions

Multi-fuel Wärtsilä 34DF engines can easily switch from oil to gas


High rates of efficiency during periods of both high and low
energy demand

Efective prevention of dust problems, and low cooling water requirement

Option to switch to cleaner and cheaper gas if pipeline built

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Main data

   Customer   Grande Côte Operations (Mining industry)
   Type   Wärtsilä 34DF multi-fuel power plant
   Operating mode   Flexible baseload
   Gensets    4 x Wärtsilä 20V34DF + 1 x Wärtsilä 9L34DF
   Total output   36 MW
   Fuel   LFO/HFO with the option to use natural gas when available 
   Scope   EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction)
   Delivered   2013

Contact us

If you want to know more about the Grande Côte project, please contact

Upma Koul
Regional Director, Africa East
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Tel. +971 4 885 7222

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