GIS - July 11, 2012: The Central Electricity Board (CEB) proceeded this morning with the inauguration four medium speed diesel generators of 15 MW each at Fort Victoria Power Station (FVPS) at Bain des Dames in Cassis, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Dr Rashid Beebeejaun.
The FVPS Redevelopment Phase II project financed to the tune of Rs 2.8 billion will enable the CEB to ensure availability of generation capacity to meet short and medium term demands. The four Wartsila turbines will annually produce 480 GWh.
Environmental considerations were taken into account at the design and construction stages of the new power station. It is equipped with modern features optimised for low emissions, waste incineration and a 65-metre high stack. The carbon dioxide emission is about 3 times lower than that of a coal plant. Furthermore, it is equipped with a state-of-the-art sludge treatment technology to ensure that the level of oil in the water outlet from the power plant is below 10 PPM. In a bid to provide flexibility to meet load variation on the grid, the plant will operate on both base and semi-base mode.
In his address at the inauguration ceremony, Dr Beebeejaun said that Government has started to focus on energy savings and efficiency. He pointed out that a change of mindset is needed because too much energy is being wasted in homes especially when appliances are kept on all the time.
As regards renewable energy, the Deputy Prime Minister recalled that Mauritius, as a small island, needs to maximize the use of space and master technologies at a cost accessible to the public. On that score, he said that several renewable energy projects are underway, however challenges exist as far as financial resources and availability of technicians for the installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems.
For his part, the Chairperson of the CEB, Mr Balraj Naroo, said that the commissioning of the four turbines represents a defining moment in the history of the organisation. He recalled that FVPS redevelopment project is in line with the policy of the CEB to provide a secure, reliable, quality and affordable electricity supply in a timely manner to meet rising demand. He said that the challenge remains the diversification of the energy mix and the reduction of reliance on fossil fuel, given that energy demand has been increasing at about 5% annually during the past five years.
The representative of the firm Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), Mr Martin Kok Jensen, stated that the redevelopment project at Fort Victoria is a significant achievement based on solid partnership among all stakeholders. He recalled that the partnership between the CEB and BWSC dates back 18 years ago.
The contract for phase II of the FVPS redevelopment project was awarded in January 2011 to the Danish society BWSC. The commissioning of the four turbines ended on 21 June 2012. With the coming into operation of the four turbines, FVPS ranks the second most important thermal power station in Mauritius, after Fort George Power Station.