Diesel Power Plant Generates Electricity for African Country

June 8, 2009 at 5:02 PMRing Power
Diesel power plant powers African country with 54 Caterpillar generators.

Multimillion-dollar deal stamps Ring Power's passport to West Africa  diesel generator unload

In 2007, the Power Systems Division of Ring Power signed a contract to supply one of the largest single export orders ever received in the history of the company. The order, placed by the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa, involved supplying and installing a diesel power plant in Tema, located approximately 20 miles east of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

With a total land area comparable to the size of Nevada, Ghana currently struggles to provide sufficient and reliable energy for domestic consumption and industrial use. The vast majority of Ghana’s power generation capacity is hydroelectric. However, the existing power generation facilities are currently producing less electricity due to little rainfall and very low water levels.

A team of Ring Power technicians and field engineers traveled to Ghana to install the diesel power plant. The overall concept is comprised of 54 Caterpillar 3516B diesel power generators, all operating synchronized and paralleling with the national electrical grid. Ring Power supplied a central control station, electrical step-up transformers, and additional fuel tanks. The initial 50-Megawatt (MW) stage was completed first, followed by the second phase of an additional 20 MW to provide power to the country. 

Due to the urgency, the 40-foot high cube containers with the generators enclosed were airlifted from the United States to Ghana in an Antonov An-124, the largest aircraft ever mass-produced. Flying all of the diesel generators – totaling nearly 5 million pounds – and doing it within such a short period of time proved a project of unparalleled magnitude for Ring Power and the managers responsible for the diesel power plant.

Ring Power continues to establish direct sales channels for diesel power plants, used generators and power systems for customers in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Latin America and Africa.Visit them at ringpower-systems.com for more information.

Ring Power, headquartered in Florida, USA, provides industrial engines, generator sets, gensets, power systems, diesel power plants, air compressors and other power equipment.

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