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MAN Diesel Supplies Power to Africa

Posted on March 15, 2010

MAN Diesel Spain supplied four 18V32.40 four-stroke engines for a cogeneration project in a Senegalese cement plant located in Western Africa, about 70 km south of Dakar. The plant has an output of 35 MW, delivering 9 MW or 8.75 MW electrical power each at 750 r/min. They run on heavy fuel oil in normal mode, but are designed to operate on LFO as well. The four engines cover the power demands of the plants, while four boilers for exhaust-gas heat recovery will cover the steam requirements for both the power plant and the cement production process.

In Egypt, MAN diesel supplied three 18V28/32S engines to generate power for three electricity plants in the southern desert town of Toshka. The engines will operate on diesel and are scheduled for delivery in August, September and October.

The 18V28/32S engine is a turbocharged, single-acting, four-stroke diesel engine of the trunk-piston type with a cylinder bore of 280 mm, a stroke of 320 mm, and a crankshaft speed of 720/750 r/min. Each gen-set has an output of 4230 kW.

This latest order was placed from the Egyptian Marketing Consultants Group for a Government-sponsored project, called East Owainat Project, to irrigate the desert and create farmland by pumping freshwater from aquifers deep beneath the surface. Its purpose is to reclaim 500 000 feddans (over half a million acres) from the Sahara. The MAN Diesel engines will be used to extract water from wells drilled into the aquifer through powering pivotal irrigation systems.

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