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GE awarded substation contract in Benin.

  • 9 months ago (2020-10-12)
  • David Flin
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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.

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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.