Citec has received a substantial multi-discipline engineering contract from its customer Wärtsilä for a 57 MW Smart Power Generation plant in Sierra Leone. Wärtsilä acts as EPC contractor for the plant that will include six Wärtsilä 32 engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO) – with possibility to extend to a total of 14 engines. The plant is expected to be operational within 18 months from ground-breaking.

Citec’s two-part scope (inside and outside the fence) includes civil, mechanical, process, electrical and safety engineering. The inside part includes the entire plant design around Wärtsilä’s engines whereas the outside part consists of the HFO pipe design needed to get the HFO from the harbour to the plant approximately two kilometres away. There are strict noise and emission requirements to be met as the site is situated close to a residential area.

The project will mean a great deal to the energy infrastructure in Sierra Leone, where less than 15 percent of the population has access to grid. The plant is expected to increase the availability of energy in Sierra Leone by 40%.

“It is an honour that Wärtsilä trusts Citec with the engineering of this important power plant. It feels great to be part of a project that will make the everyday life of people easier by giving them access to electricity,” says Arkadij Bamm who leads Citec’s experienced team. “At the moment we are concentrating on tender and permitting packages including architectural and 3D drawings. We have long experience from working with Wärtsilä, so cooperation runs very smoothly.”

Wärtsilä has a strong footprint in Africa with over 6500 MW of installed base.

3D of the 57MW Smart Power Generation plant in Freetown, Sierra Leone


Wärtsilä’s press release: Wärtsilä supplies a 57 MW power plant to Sierra Leone


For more information about Citec’s plant capabilities, please contact:

Jonas Nylund
Business Development Manager, Global
Phone: +358 50 4283 774