GE supplying largest power plant in Senegal
By Jack Burke29 January 2021
Two 9E.03 gas turbines part of deal
The Cap des Biches combined cycle gas turbine power plant is expected to generate 300 MW, nearly 25% of the power consumed in Senegal and the equivalent electricity needed to power approximately 500 000 Senegalese homes; under the contract, GE will supply two 9E.03 gas turbines, one STF-A200 steam turbine, three A39 generators, two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and additional balance of plant equipment.
The plant is expected to begin operations in phases starting in 2022, enhancing universal access to electricity and supporting the Senegalese Government’s target to increase its generation capacity with a greater utilization of natural gas and renewables.
“Over the last decade, GE has been building on a proven track record of delivering and commissioning power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, and we are delighted to continue this trend by providing our gas power technology to support the expected renewables growth in the country,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE’s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa. “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. All of these attributes enable gas turbines to work in concert with renewables to maintain reliability in a power system. The plant will provide flexible power to Senegal and help improve the quality of people’s lives.”
In 2018, GE celebrated its 100th power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa and today, up to 17 GW of gas power generation runs on GE gas turbines. GE delivers across the entire energy ecosystem from generation to transmission and distribution and throughout the region, GE-built technologies are supported by GE local service and maintenance teams working together and in close co-operation with FieldCore — the field services execution team owned by GE to help ensure access to reliable and sustainable energy.
Cap des Biches combined-cycle gas turbine power plant is being developed by Senegal’s West African Energy and will be built by Turkish engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company, Calik Enerji.