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Four new engines ensure security of supply for Honiara
MAN Diesel & Turbo has completed construction of a new power station near the country’s capital, Honiara. The Lungga project represents the largest infrastructure investment in the Solomon Islands in more than twenty years, and will restore much needed reliability to Honiara’s electricity supply. As the power station is the main source of power for the nation’s capital, more than 65,000 residents will benefit from the upgrade. The four MAN 9L27/38 diesel generator sets have been manufactured in MAN’s Indian based production facility in Aurangabad and will add an additional 10 megawatts of generation capacity to the plant.
The country of the Solomon Islands consists of a large number of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, lying to the east of Papua New Guinea. The capital Honiara is located on the island of Guadalcanal and the country’s total population is an estimated 523,000 people.
As the project was executed under an EPC contract with Solomon Power, MAN Diesel & Turbo had responsibility for the design, installation, manufacture and procurement of the necessary equipment with full responsibility for constructing the project. MAN executed this project with its experts from Denmark and Australia, and worked closely with local and international sub-contract partners.
To ensure smooth operations, MAN has provided training and continuous support to Solomon Power’s operations and maintenance personnel. The support has helped to develop the needed skills to run the new plant.
Michael Masters, Manager Power Plants Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Region at MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “The Lungga power plant is yet another important Pacific island reference for MAN’s 27/38 diesel engine. Our 27/38 engine features a unique design which allows the piston, cylinder liner, conrod and cylinder head to be removed as one unit. This allows for fast overhauls, thereby reducing downtime and increasing plant availability.”
The MAN 9L27/38 engine has excellent fuel consumption particularly when operating at part load. The combination of fast response and excellent part load fuel consumption is ideal for hybrid applications which couple wind or solar generation with reciprocating engine technology.
The success of this engine is further evidenced by a recent order for two more 9L27/38 engines, this time to be installed in the Republic of Nauru.