Diesel and Gas-Engine Power Plants in Rwanda & Uganda
Jabana
Location: Rwanda
Operator: Electrogaz
Configuration: 6 X 1.3-MW 16V400 engines
Operation: 2005
Fuel: diesel oil
E/G supplier: MTU/DDC, Leroy Somer
EPC: Lahmeyer International
Quick facts: In April 2004, Electrogaz initiated an emergency power project in Kigali and retained Lahmeyer as owner’s engineer for a new power plant at Jabana Substation. Project funding was secured from the Netherlands and the Rwandan government. The project also required transformers, 11kV switchgear, radiator coolers, fuel tanks, and auxiliaries. The plant was handed over in 2005 just 100 days after contract award.

Photograph courtesy of Lahmeyer International
Posted 16 Jul 2008

Kivuwatt
Location: Rwanda
Operator: ContourGlobal Kivuwatt Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 8.3-MW 20V34SG engines
Operation: 2015
Fuel: methane
E/G supplier: Wartsila, AVK
EPC: Wartsila
Quick facts: This unique power project was implemented to mitigate the potential for the uncontrolled release of large volumes of toxic gases from deep waters in Lake Kivu that are super-saturated with carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane. In 1963, Union Chimique Belge set up a small-scale methane extraction plant at Cape Rubona on Lake Kivu, piping gas 3km to the boilers of the Bralirwa SA brewery. In April 1990, Rwanda and the DRC created a bilateral organization called Societe de Controle de l’Exploitation du gaz Methane du Lac Kivu (SOCIGAZ) to coordinate the exploitation of the Kivu gas resource. In 2011, Wartsila was contracted by ContourGlobal to built the new power station and it went into full operation in Dec 2015. The methane is lifted from a depth of 300m by a special barge anchored 13km off-shore. The gas is purified on the barge and transported to shore through an underwater pipeline.

Photograph courtesy of Wartsila
Posted 18 May 2016

Namanve
Location: Uganda
Operator: Jacobsen Uganda Power Plant Co Ltd
Configuration: 7 X 7.8-MW 18V02 engines
Operation: 2008
Fuel: HFO
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Jacobsen Elektro
Quick facts: Construction began at Namanve on 5 Nov 2008 and the plant went commercial on 16 Sep 2008, 1mo ahead of schedule. In November 2008, The plant was supplied on a BOT basis by Jacobsen Elektro at a cost of about €66mn. Financing was supplied by the developer, a NORAD grant, Nordea bank in Norway, the local branch of South Africa’s Standard Bank Group Ltd (Stanbic), and a guarantee by Norway’s export credit agency GIEK. Wartsila has a 6yr O&M services agreement for the plant.

Photograph courtesy of Jacobsen Elektro
Posted 14 Jul 2013

Abbreviations

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

Updated 18-May-2016

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