||Senegals new combined cycle power plant at Malicounda, Mbour, officially inaugurated by President Macky Sail on 11 February, is now fully operational.
The 130 MW Malicounda power plant is located in Mbour, 85km south of Senegals capital city Dakar. It is anticipated to deliver 956GWh of power a year. This represents a
17% increase in the countrys power generation capacity.
The Malicounda power plant comprises seven 18V50 engines and a steam turbine. It combines the advantages of a simple-cycle operation with the high efficiency of a combined cycle plant. Its fast load-following power capability means the plant is ideally suited to maintain system reliability. It can also offer the necessary flexibility as intermittent renewable energy is progressively added to Senegals power grid.
The plant will initially operate on heavy fuel oil, though there is an option to convert it to run on locally supplied gas from the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field (on the border of Senegal and Mauritania) once that becomes available.