Speed & Flexibility
Engineering News|Engineering News 14 April 2017

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines.

Dylan Slater

Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant application, according to Cape Town-based engineering firm MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of UK-based engines, propulsion systems and distributed power generation plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Research suggests that the capacity to supply electricity to cities across the continent will rise from 90 GW in 2012 to 380 GW by 2040. This is further exacerbated by the belief that half of the global population growth is expected to occur in Africa in the next 20 years.

Highlighting the extent to which gas powered electricity generation can be rapidly implemented in African countries, MTU SA CEO Andrea Nono points to MTU SA’s recently supplied 13 Rolls-Royce B35:40V20 natural gas-fired internal combustion engines to independent power producer Gigawatt Mozambique at its Ressano Garcia power station.

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