Twelve type 18V48/60 engines produce power for the Caribbean island
Augsburg, Germany, July 2014 – Leading a consortium on the Caribbean island of Martinique MAN Diesel & Turbo has completed the second of a total of three power plants the company is building for the French energy supplier Électricité de France (EDF). MAN Diesel & Turbo has been responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) as well as for commissioning of the engines.

The plant, located in Bellefontaine, in the west of the island, was inaugurated at a ceremony on 27 June. It has a capacity of 220 MW and covers around 60 percent of the island’s power needs. It replaces the former power plant, which is around 30 years old.

Particular attention was paid to the plant’s environmental compatibility and energy efficiency. Fuel consumption was reduced by 15 percent and nitrous oxide emissions by 85 percent compared to the previous plant.

Water resources are also spared, since the power plant can cover its requirements using desalinated sea water instead of ground water. Dry coolers also allow annual water savings of 700,000 m3. This is the equivalent of the annual consumption of around 10,000 households. The heat from the engines is also used to generate the hot water required at the site.

With its 110-meter-tall chimney, which was custom-made for the plant, the new power plant is the island’s tallest building and complies with particularly stringent safety standards. “Martinique lies in a danger zone for earthquakes and hurricanes,” explains Dr. Hermann Kröger, Senior Vice President and Project Director for EDF at MAN Diesel & Turbo. “In its dimension and design the chimney has been constructed to sway at its highest point by only one meter even in the event of an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale and a simultaneous hurricane.”

The around thirty-year-old former power plant on the island was also powered by 10 MAN Pielstick engines. “The new power plant refreshes a decades-old cooperation,” says Jean-Michel Lebeau, CEO EDF Production Electrique Insulaire. “It safeguards the island’s reliable supply with electrical energy and satisfies high safety and environmental standards. We thank MAN Diesel & Turbo for the great collaboration.”

“Following the power plant on La Réunion last year, we are handing over the second of a total of three island power plants to EDF-PEI in Martinique. We are grateful to EDF and our consortium partners for their professional cooperation, but especially to the employees whose unfailing dedication has made this milestone possible,” says Dr. Kröger.

About MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. It designs two-stroke and four-stroke engines that are manufactured both by the company and by its licensees. The engines have power outputs ranging from 450 kW to 87 MW. MAN Diesel & Turbo also designs and manufactures gas turbines of up to 50 MW, steam turbines of up to 150 MW and compressors with volume flows of up to 1.5 million m³/h and pressures of up to 1,000 bar. The product range is rounded off by turbochargers, propellers, gas engines and chemical reactors. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s range of goods includes complete marine propulsion systems, turbomachinery units for the oil & gas as well as the process industries and complete power plant solutions. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand. The company employs around 14,500 staff at more than 100 international sites, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, India and China. MAN Diesel & Turbo is a company in the Power Engineering business area of MAN SE.