The Cap des Biches power plant will be the largest power plant in Senegal. General Electric has just obtained the order for the turbines. Supported by the Senegalese company West African Energy (WAE), the power plant, scheduled for 2022, has been under construction since last November. This project meets the objectives of the Senegalese government which wishes to bring electricity to the entire population.
The Cap des Biches power plant and its 300 MW
Order for gas turbines received on January 28
The Cap des Biches power plant, under construction since last November, will be equipped by the American energy giant General Electric (GE). Indeed, this Thursday, January 28, the American group announced in a press release that it had obtained the order for the planned equipment. This follows the contract signed last October with the WAE, the project leader.
300 MW of power: 25% of Senegal’s consumption
Located in Rufisque near Dakar, the Cap des Biches power plant should develop 300 MW of power and become the largest power plant in Senegal. The new gas-fired power plant is expected to supply 25% of the electricity currently consumed, or the consumption of about 500,000 Senegalese households.
General Electric: an ideal partner for Senegal
The group will supply all the equipment for the plant
GE will have to supply first the turbines, two gas turbines model 9E.03 and one steam turbine model STF-A200. GE’s all-weather Model 9E turbines have been in operation for over 40 years. The company has 650 units deployed worldwide.
Second, GE will provide three A39 model generators and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs). Thirdly, GE will also supply the rest of the equipment for the plant.
The group will also be responsible for the management of the plant for 5 years, as well as for the training of 35 engineers.
Meeting Senegal’s energy ambitions
With this new power plant in Senegal, the country expects to achieve its energy development objectives. In this sense, the plant is one of the flagship projects of the Senegalese Emerging Plan. The latter includes stimulating private investment in the electricity sector. It also provides that the entire population is by 2035 a reliable and cheap access to electricity.
On the other hand, the current project is the subject of some controversy. It would appear that there are still doubts about WAE’s compliance with the competition rules for public procurement.