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MAN Building Turnkey Power Plant In Kenya

Posted on June 20, 2012

Thika Power Ltd., an independent energy production company and subsidiary of Matelec Group of Lebanon, has selected MAN Diesel & Turbo to build a turnkey diesel power plant in Kenya, Africa.

The plant will be built in Thika City, situated near Kenya's capital Nairobi, and will supply energy to the Kenya Power & Lighting Co. Construction is already underway and the plant is slated to come on stream in spring 2013.

The plant will be the first in Africa to use MAN’s diesel combined cycle product package, which includes five MAN 18V48/60 four-stroke engines producing 88 MW of electricity, MAN said.

The waste heat from the engines will be used to power a MAN MARC2 steam turbine, which will generate an additional 6.8 MW of electricity. The combination of diesel engines and a steam turbine improves the efficiency of the plant, which will produce 9% more electricity from the same fuel consumption, according to the company.

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