American multinational General Electric (GE) will supply gas power generation equipment to West African Energy’s planned 300MW combined-cycle gas power project – which will serve as the largest power plant in Senegal when it comes online in 2022.
Located in Cap des Biches in Dakar, the plant is expected to provide up to 25% of domestic power consumption and generate the energy equivalent of electrifying up to 500,000 households.
Under the contract, GE will supply two 9E.03 gas turbines, three A39 generators, one STF-A200 steam turbine and two Heat Recovery Steam Generators, along with additional plant equipment. Meanwhile, Turkish energy company Calik Enerji will carry out engineering, procurement, and construction works.
“We are pleased to collaborate with GE to deliver reliable and efficient gas turbines to Senegal,” said Samuel Sarr, CEO of West African Energy. “Once completed, the project will also go a long way in reducing the cost of electricity in the country.”
The development of the plant aligns closely with the Government’s aim to boost power generation capacity via a diversified energy mix, leveraging both sizable natural gas deposits and renewable resource wealth in the country.
“Cap des Biches Power Plant in Senegal represents another opportunity to use gas-fired generators as an ideal complement to variable renewable resources because they can change power levels quickly, turn down to low levels when demand is lower, and start rapidly,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE’s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa.