Overview

Supporting renewable energy demand in Senegal

The challenge

West Africa Energy’s 300-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant in Cap des Biches, Dakar, Senegal is in need of the right gas-power technology to support the needed growth of renewables in the country.

GE has been collaborating with energy stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa since the 1950s, and is happy to continue this trend with West Africa Energy’s project.

The solution

GE will supply the power plant with two 9E.03 gas turbines, one STF-A200 steam turbine, three A39 generators, two heat recovery steam generators, and additional balance-of-plant equipment as part of the project scope. The 9E gas turbine is a proven platform that delivers operational efficiency at a lower cost-per-kilowatt.

Outcomes

Creating the biggest power plant in Senegal

300 MW

of projected total plant power

of the country’s energy will come from the project

500,000

Senegalese homes can benefit

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We are pleased to collaborate with GE to deliver reliable and efficient gas turbines to Senegal, aligning with our strategy of gas to power. This project will go a long way in reducing the cost of electricity in the country.

Samuel Sarr

CEO of West African Energy

The high-performance STF-A200 steam turbine’s configuration is well suited for the Cap des Biches plant, with a wide operating range especially supporting a grid that’s introducing large amounts of renewables. This will help the Senegalese government hit its target to increase energy-generation capacity via natural gas and other renewables.

The Cap des Biches plant will be the biggest power plant in the country and is expected to generate nearly 25% of the power consumed, providing the equivalent electricity needed to power up to 500,000 Senegalese homes.

The plant is expected to begin phased operations starting in 2022, enhancing universal access to electricity and supporting West Africa Energy in being an active part of the region’s greener future.