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MAN Diesel & Turbo To Provide Equipment For Electricity Supply In Africa

Posted on July 1, 2010

MAN Diesel & Turbo, a manufacturer of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery, received an order for two dual-fuel, large-bore diesel engines of type 18V51/60DF, including the electromechanical equipment for generating electricity to provide power in Libreville, Gabon, Africa.

The systems, worth about €13 million, can produce more than 35 MW of electricity for the area’s power grid, which will help stabilize the electricity supply. The customer is the Israeli power firm Telemenia Ltd., which is building the power plant for the Gabon government. It is set to open in 2011.

Since 2009, MAN Diesel & Turbo has supplied large-bore diesel engines and technical equipment for power generation worth around €90 million to African countries such as Egypt, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Madagascar and the Cape Verde Islands.

Dual-fuel engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo can either be operated with liquid fuel or natural gas, according to the company. The west African country has gas and crude oil reserves that can be used with modern MAN dual-fuel engines to produce energy efficiently. The primary source of fuel will be natural gas, but if there are any gaps in the supply, the engines can be switched over at any time to heavy fuel oil, diesel or bio-fuel.

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