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MAN Energy Solutions expands power plant in Suriname

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

The project is financed by OLIBIS and will and will be conducted in consortium with Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC).

MAN Energy 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, owned and operated by the government-owned utility Energiebedrijven Suriname (EBS), 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.

BWSC chief executive Nikolaj Holmer Nissen said the MAN Energy engines “are among the cleanest and most reliable on the market today”.

OLIBIS chief executive Otmar Sibilo said Suriname was “going through very difficult financial times and serious currency devaluation” but added that “OLIBIS will continue to support the residents of Suriname and is proud to be sponsoring the much needed expansion of EBS’s generation capacity with BWSC and MAN”.

The DPP2 power plant currently features MAN 18V48/60TS engines and is already one of the most fuel-efficient power plants in the region, as well as being designed for extremely quiet operation.

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.

This article was originally posted by Power Engineering International and was republished with permission.