BWSC awarded contract to build high-efficiency power plant in Mali

3490.D8.005.002Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) has been awarded a EUR90mn (US$100mn) contract to build a high-efficiency power plant which will increase the power capacity in Mali by 25 per cent

The power plant will be located in the city of Kayes in Western Mali and will have a gross capacity of 90 MW. The power plant which will be equipped with six highly efficient Caterpillar 16CM43 medium-speed engines becomes the most efficient plant in Mali and is expected to be completed in just 16 months. In addition to the construction of the power plant, BWSC will also operate and maintain the plant for at least 13 years.

The IPP project has been developed by Redox Power Solutions Ltd supported by BWSC who together with the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) and African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), have invested in the local project company Albatros Energy Mali. The project is furthermore financed by several strong financial institutions comprising the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, West African Development Bank, OPEC Fund for International Development, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and GuarantCo. Total investment is around EUR125mn (US$140mn) of which BWSC will invest around EUR3.5mn (US$3.92mn).

The project and the resulting improved infrastructure is expected to have a positive impact on employment, growth and development in Mali. Initially, BWSC expects to create around 300 jobs in connection with the construction of the plant and later around 50 permanent jobs in connection with operation and maintenance of the plant.

”After more than two years of intense project development efforts, we are of course very pleased and very proud that this important project has been secured. In Mali, less than 30 per cent of the population has access to electricity, and the power supply from the new power plant will be a significant catalyst for growth and development in the country. At BWSC, we are very pleased to be part of and contribute to this positive development for Mali and not least the Malianpeople” says CEO Anders Heine Jensen, BWSC.

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