MCC awards GE $47mn substation project

New substations that GE will install as part of the latest project will be integrated into the distribution management system

A $47 million contract has been awarded to GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business for a substation project in Benin, West Africa.

The contract, billed as the nation’s biggest high voltage substation, has been awarded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

This is a critical grid project as only one-third of Benin’s population has access to electricity, and total per-capita consumption is low due to limited access and availability, the statement said.

As per the terms of the contract, GE will supply four substations including gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and seven substation extensions. The scope covers the most important high-voltage substation in the country, Vedoko, and is strategically placed to help strengthen the country’s transmission backbone. GE will also work on upgrading the substations in Maria-Gleta, Berecingou, Djougou, Bohicon, Natitingou and Parakou, GE explained.

“In recent years in Benin, there has been a lot of attention and investment in the country’s energy arena. The distribution of electricity to its citizens is a critical enabler to helping make dreams come true, to supporting their aspirations as they take on the challenges of daily modern life,” said Gabriel Degbegni, national coordinator at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

GE says it will deliver a turnkey solution with design supply, civil work, local transportation and installation commissioning as part of the project. The supply is said to include all balance-of-plant and high-voltage substation equipment, GIS, power transformers, circuit breakers, disconnectors and earthing switches, instrument transformers, capacitors, and control and protection services. The entire project is expected to be completed in early 2022.

Eric Amoussouga, CEO GE SSA Francophone at GE’s Grid Solutions added, “Energy is a key component for on-going development in Africa. We are honoured to be awarded this critical grid project in Benin, supporting the country’s modernisation efforts around its power sector. Moreover, additional energy capacity will help foster economic development and boost local area growth.”

GE’s Grid Solutions will set up an office in Benin to provide training and skills through a local team. The local team will be hired via subcontractors to directly impact the economy.

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