Diesel and Gas-Engine Plants in West Africa - other countries
Essakane Mine
Location: Burkina Faso
Operator: IAMGOLD Corp
Configuration: 5 X 3.8-MW 12V32 engines, 3 X 1.4-MW C32 engines, 6 X 5.2-MW 12V32 engines
Operation: 2010-2013
Fuel: HFO
E/G supplier: Wartsila, Caterpillar
EPC: Wartsila
Quick facts: This grid-isolated DPP is at a remote mine site 330km from Ouagadougou. It uses heavy fuel trucked in from Benin and Togo. The Essakane mine produces around 365,000oz/yr of gold. To accommodate more hard rock, Essakane underwent a major expansion from 2012 to 2013. with a power plant extension, a new pre-crushing circuit and ore-handling system, along with a SAG mill, ball mill and leach tanks.

Photograph courtesy of IAMGOLD Corp
Posted 26 Mar 2017

Lome Countour
Location: Togo
Operator: ContourGlobal Togo SA
Configuration: 6 X 16.7 MW 50DF engines
Operation: 2010
Fuel: HFO, LFO
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila, JVC Ltd
Quick facts: In Oct 2006, ContourGlobal signed a concession agreement with the Government of Togo, and in May 2007, a long-term PPA was secured with the national distribution company. In Jul 2008, the company was approved for $209mn in financing and political risk insurance from OPIC for what comprises the largest electricity investment ever made in Togo. Operations began in Oct 2010. IFC is a 20% investor in the project. The engines can be switched over to natural gas when available.

Photograph courtesy of JVC Ltd
Re-posted 26 Jul 2014


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

Updated 24-May-2017