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Bergen Engines to supply 300MW power plant to Nigeria

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November 26, 2022
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Bergen Engines AS has signed an agreement to supply a 300MW Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant in Nigeria. The project will provide heat and power to a major new industrial complex and its surrounding area in the Calabar region of Nigeria’s Cross River State.

The 300MW plant will comprise ten 12MW Bergen B36:45V20 gas engines fitted with Marelli Motori alternators. Each generator set will have a weight of over 175 tonnes.

The gas-fired combined cycle heat & power (CHP) plant is designed with high overall energy efficiency, reduced emissions and the flexibility to support renewables as they become available.

The complex being powered by Bergen will be home to many new developments for the Calabar region. Plans include a biotechnology research laboratory, a nano-water plant for the production of hydrogenated drinking water, and a waste transformation recycling centre that features biofertilizers and the ability to process used tyres and plastics.

The contract was formally signed in front of Sir Benedict Ayade, Executive Governor of Cross River State earlier this month.

During the project’s announcement, Governor Ayade said: “Our greatest challenge is power, so the fact that you can provide an alternative source of power, using a very classic technology like gas-to-liquid, is a welcomed development. I want to thank APPL for the choice of Cross River State and for the massive employment opportunity this will bring onboard.”

Left to right: Godwin Ikwue, Chief Executive Officer, APPL Ltd; John Kristian Johnsen, Head of Land Sales, Bergen Engines AS; Rudolf Holzhausen, Sales Engineer, Diesel Electric Services (PTY) Ltd; Asad Mohamed, Finance Director, Diesel Electric Services (PTY) Ltd; Benson Osieme, Chief Financial Officer, Kelm Engineering Ltd and; Cane O’Neill, Sales Manager, Southern Africa, Bergen Engines AS

The development will be undertaken between Bergen Engines AS and Nigeria’s Alternative Petroleum & Power Ltd (APPL), supported by Lagos consulting engineers Kelm Engineering Ltd and Diesel Electric Services (PTY) Ltd of South Africa.

Mr Godwin Ikwue, CEO of APPL, said: “With Bergen Engines’ long history of proven and cutting-edge technology, high performance, reliability and cost-effective operation, along with customized service agreements and training, we have a guarantee of maximum plant availability and low operating costs.”

About Bergen Engines

Bergen Engines produces medium-speed liquid and gas-fuelled engines and generator sets supplied to a broad range of land-based, commercial marine and naval customers. The Bergen name is a watchword for quality and reliability in its field.

The tradition of engineering in Bergen, Norway, dates back to 1855 when the original company Bergen Mekaniske Verksted (BMV) was founded.

In 1946 the company built its first diesel engine and has since commissioned over 7,000 of its iconic liquid and gas fuelled engines. More than half of them are still in operation today, such as the quality and reliability of a Bergen engine.

From 1999, Bergen Engines AS was owned by Rolls-Royce plc. On 31st December 2021, the company was sold to the privately owned engineering and industrial group Langley Holdings plc.

Bergen Engines is a member of the group’s Power Solutions Division, along with the Italian Marelli Motori and German Piller Power Systems subsidiaries.

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