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MAN Diesel & Turbo, EDF-PEI begin operations at Martinique plant; provides 60% of island’s power

Posted on July 7, 2014

Leading a consortium on the Caribbean island of Martinique, MAN Diesel & Turbo has completed the second of a total of three power plants the company is building for the French energy supplier Électricité de France (EDF). MAN has been responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) as well as the commissioning of the engines.

The plant is located in Bellefontaine, in the west of the island, is powered by 12 type 18V48/60 engines and has a capacity of 220 MW, providing approximately 60% of the island’s power needs.

MAN said particular attention was paid to the plant’s environmental compatibility and energy efficiency. Fuel consumption was reduced by 15% and nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions by 85% compared to the previous 30-year-old plant, the company said. Water resources are also spared since the power plant can cover its requirements using desalinated sea water instead of ground water. Dry coolers also contribute to an annual water savings of 700 000 m3, equivalent of the annual consumption of 10 000 households. The heat from the engines is also used to generate the hot water required at the site.