GE Renewable Energy ’s Grid Solutions business has been awarded a $47 million contract for a substation project in Benin, West Africa. Benin’s biggest high-voltage substation has been awarded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US foreign assistance agency established by the US Congress. This is a critical grid project as only one-third of Benin’s population has access to electricity. At the same time, rapidly growing demand for power, inadequate maintenance, and insufficient investment has stressed Benin’s national electricity grid.
Under 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. GE will also work on upgrading the substations in Maria-Gleta, Berecingou, Djougou, Bohicon, Natitingou, and Parakou.
GE will provide a turnkey solution with design supply, civil work, local transportation, and installation commissioning as part of the project. The supply includes 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 project is scheduled to be completed in early 20202.