Clarke Energy is delighted to announce the provision of four units of highly robust Kohler-SDMO KD3500-F diesel generator sets, to Tunisian based TRAGEDEL to power the Central African Republic electricity network. This project is an important milestone to Clarke Energy as it will be the first reference in Central African Republic and its largest diesel power plant in Africa outside hundreds of units of Jenbacher power generator sets already installed and running across the continent on gas.
The project will add 10MW to the country’s capital city electricity network, hence improve the living conditions of the population as Bangui suffers several hours of interrupted power on a daily basis. and the new units will also offer the necessary flexibility to implement heavy overhaul maintenance on an existing obsolete hydroelectric generating plant.
The generator sets are built in 40-foot weatherproof containers which meet the strictest criteria in terms of performance, soundproofing, robustness and ease of maintenance. The base of the container is designed to have internal retention, able to retain a possible fuel, oil or coolant leak.
Kohler-SDMO’s ‘Contenergy’ container concept will offer a special adaptation for the customer’s needs. Thanks to their standard size, Contenergy containers are easily transportable and, once on site, installation is simplified on an external concrete slab with a relatively small footprint.
Kohler-SDMO premium performant engine KD3500-F produces 2.5MW nominal electric power and runs very smoothly thanks to the engine’s conception and integral vibrator isolation mounted between components and skid. The engine is also characterised by low fuel consumption thanks to a high common rail injection technology and also a smaller footprint as a result of high power density.
The power plant will run as base-load or peaking and the electrical energy generated shall be injected into the public utility grid, owned and managed by ENERCA.
Clarke Energy’s ability to manage the project turnkey while meeting project specifications and the installation footprint of the package were important selection criteria for TRAGEDEL. Clarke Energy’s SDMO package was also selected as a result of best compromise power/footprint, installation constraints, long maintenance intervals, availability, reliability, simplified maintenance, competitive price and best lead time.
TRAGADEL has acted as as the EPC contractor for the project which has been funded by the Saudi Fund for Development (FSD), under the umbrella of the CAR Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation.