MAN Engines Boosting Power Plant Output In Suriname

By Jack Burke05 May 2020

MAN Energy Solutions S.E. is expanding the DPP2 Bemland power plant capacity in Suriname’s capital, Paramaribo, from 84 MW to 126 MW.

MAN is supplying two MAN 18V48/60TS engines for the expansion, each engine driving a 21 MW alternator to feed an additional 42 MW of electrical power into the Paramaribo power grid that services approximately half of the country’s population that lives and works in the capital city.

The DPP2 63 MW Bemland power plant is owned and operated by the government-owned utility Energiebedrijven Suriname (EBS). The plant was originally built by BWSC and MAN Energy Solutions in 2012 and financed by the government and the local company OLIBIS. The plant was expanded in 2015 with an additional 21 MW and for this second expansion of 42 MW the project is again being financed by OLIBIS in conjunction with EBS and the Surinamese Government.

“The project impressively demonstrates the success of our long-term customer relationship in that OLIBIS N.V. and EBS have valued our power-plant technologies as reliable and efficient solutions for their energy projects for 15 years. We are also very happy to continue our relationship with BWSC, with whom we have already installed more than 1000 MW of power-plant capacity worldwide,” said Thorsten Dradrach, head of Sales for Power Plants in the Americas at MAN Energy Solutions.

The DPP2 power plant currently features MAN 18V48/60TS engines and is already one of the most fuel-efficent power plants in the region, as well as being designed for extremely quiet operation, the company said. After the expansion, EBS will gradually reduce the operation of the less efficient and smaller engines in the neighboring DPP1 power plant with resultant, lower noise emissions for local residents.

The plant’s open construction from the 1960s and its central location in Paramaribo have been a constant source of noise. In contrast, the new MAN units are designed to guarantee a reliable and fuel-efficient supply of electricity while keeping noise emissions to a minimum.

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