Diesel and Gas-Engine Plants in Northwest Africa
Bonthe Works
Location: Sierra Leone
Operator: Sierra Rutile Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 5.5 MW 16V32, 4 X 7 MW 16CM32 engines
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
Operation: 1994-2010
E/G supplier: Wartsila, Caterpillar
EPC: Lord Consulting Engineers, Unatrac International, Mantrac Sierra Leon
Quick facts: This power complex is one of the largest in the country and supplies the Sierra Rutile Mine ansd associated works. This mining operations account for 65% of Sierra Leone's exports and produce about a quarter of the world's supply of natural rutile, salable amounts of bauxite, and zircon. In addition to the power station, SRL built a dedicated port, power grid, and potable water system, plus housing, medical and recreational facilities for  workers. In 1995 SRL abandoned their operation for a time during the Sierra Leone Civil War.

Photograph courtesy of Mantrac
Posted 14 Aug 2011

Bushrod 2011
Location: Liberia
Operator: Liberia Electricity Corp
Configuration: 10 X 1 MW
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2011
E/G supplier: Cummins
EPC: Berger/Cummins JV
Quick facts: In Aug 2010, the Berger/Cummins JV began construction and installation of this USAID-funded power plant at the LEC Bushrod Island site. When completed in Feb 2011, it doubled the size of the available generating capacity for Monrovia. The project cost $11mn. At the plant hand-over, the Norwegian government representative also handed over a 3-MW plant installed by Jacobsen Elektro.

Photograph courtesy of Cummins
Posted 13 Jul 2013

Bushrod 2016
Location: Liberia
Operator: Liberia Electricity Corp
Configuration: 18 MW
Fuel: HFO
Operation: 2016
E/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This project was completed at the end of May 2016 after about 2yrs of construction, in part delayed by the Ebola outbreak. LEC received GOL funding for this project, one of three new DPP going in at Bushrod in 2016.

Photograph courtesy of liberianobserver.com
Posted 30 May 2016

Location: Western Sahara
Operator: ONE
Configuration: 3 X 7.8 MW
Operation: 2002
Fuel: oil
T/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila, SDEM
Quick facts: This plant in the port area of Dakhla cost 265mn Dirhams. A 16.5-MW diesel plant extension was ordered in Sep 2008.

Photograph courtesy of SDEM Enterprises
Posted 14 Sep 2008

Location: Burkina Faso
Operator: Sonabel - Soc Nationale d'Electricite du Burkina
Configuration: 1 X 16.5 MW 18V4860, 3 X 12.5 MW CM43C engines
Fuel: HFO
Operation: 2012-2015
E/G supplier: MAN Diesel, Caterpillar, ABB, LS
EPC: SOPAM, Delmas
Quick facts: This plant supplies about 40% of Sonable's production. The first engine arrived onsite in Jun 2011. Banque internationale du Burkina (BIB) assisted in project financing for the first set. The first engine of the third phase of this DDP arrived onsite in Oct 2013 via Tema port in Ghana. The third phase of 3 X 12.5 MW was completed in 2016. Komsilga connects to the firs with a 90/33kV switchyard.

Photograph courtesy of Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S
Posted 26 Mar 2008

Kossodo Extension
Location: Burkina Faso
Operator: Sonabel - Soc Nationale d'Electricite du Burkina
Configuration: 1 X 18 MW 18V48/60 engines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2007
E/G supplier: MAN Diesel SE, ABB
Quick facts: With loan assistance from Danida, Sonabel was able to add this large genset to extend the Kossodo power station in north-eastern Ouagadougou plus additional 33/90kV transmission facilities to deliver the increased power. The 50-MW power plant employs 50 people and today provides half the city’s electricity supply.

Photograph by Phillippe5940 (Panoramio)
Posted 20 Apr 2016


Location: Western Sahara
Operator: ONE
Configuration: 2.6 MW
Operation: ??
Fuel: oil
T/G supplier: ??

Photograph courtesy of ONE
Posted 13 Mar 2005


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 07-May-2017