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Shown is a rendering of the power station in La Réunion that will be equipped with twelve 18V48/60 diesel engines by MAN Diesel. The project is part of the contract from the French energy company Electricité de France.

MAN Diesel reported the largest order in the company’s history, worth around US$1 billion, for the construction of six diesel power stations for the French energy company Electricité de France PEI SAS. “I am absolutely delighted that we have succeeded in winning this order,” said Dr. Georg Pachta-Reyhofen, chairman of the executive board of MAN Diesel SE.

“Due to its exceptionally high volume, it of course has particular significance — indeed, it is the largest order in the company’s history.” The agreement covers the construction of three diesel power stations in Electricité de France’s overseas Départements: Réunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique, one power station in French Guyana and two plants on Corsica. With this contract, all French Départements of the French energy company that are not on the European mainland will be supplied with electricity from MAN Diesel engines.

The order includes the delivery of no fewer than 54 model 18V48/60 diesel engines with a total power output of 1025 MW. All these engines will be assembled in the MAN Diesel’s French plant of Saint-Nazaire and will feature an SCR catalytic converter for the reduction of NOx emissions.

Each gen-set, consisting of a 18V48/ 60 engine and a generator, produces an output of around 18.5 MW and weighs 375 tons.The two biggest power stations on Réunion and Guadeloupe will each be equipped with twelve of these power units. MAN Diesel is consortium leader for this major power generation project. The company added that all the power stations included in the contract are designed as baseload power plants, and are expected to go on grid by 2010 until 2012.

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