October 8, 2008

MAN Diesel to Build Power Plants for EDF in French Overseas Departments

MAN Diesel, a provider of large-bore diesel engines for marine propulsion systems and power plant applications, has been awarded a order from the French energy company EDF for the construction of three diesel power stations in its overseas departments of Reunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as one in French Guyana and two in Corsica.

The contract means that all French departments that are not on the European mainland will be supplied with electricity from MAN Diesel engines. The total order volume is around E1.3 billion, with MAN Diesel supplying a share worth more than E750 million.

The order includes the delivery of no fewer than 54 large, 18V48/60 diesel engines with a total power output of 1,025MW. All of the power stations are designed as baseload power plants, which mean that they are the primary source of electrical energy to the local power grid.

The 54 engines will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France, by which MAN Diesel's French production facility will be sustainably strengthened. The six turnkey diesel power plants will go on grid between 2010 and 2012.

Georg Pachta-Reyhofen, chairman of the executive board of MAN Diesel, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have succeeded in winning this order. Due to its exceptionally high volume, it of course has particular significance indeed, it is the largest order in the company's history."