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Project
63 MW turnkey power plant in Paramaribo, Suriname

Employer
Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S

Year
2012-2013

Supply
Detailed design of all reinforced concrete structures, steel structures and cladding envelope to Eurocodes.

Supply of steel superstructure, overhead travelling crane and cladding envelope of the powerhouse.

Erection supervision of steel superstructure and cladding envelope of the powerhouse.

Description
Danish engineering company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) was in fall 2012 awarded a contract to build a 63 MW turnkey heavy fuel oil power plant in Paramaribo, Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) for the government owned utility company, N.V. Energiebedrijven Suriname. Aqvila subsequently won the design & supply sub-contract for the civil and building works.

The power plant is located on a green field site on the banks of the Suriname River adjacent to the existing power plant. The new power plant will be the most efficient diesel power generation facility, not only in the country but in the region. Moreover, the plant will be designed with a strong focus on the environment, i.e. meeting World Bank Guidelines for low noise and emission.

Aqvila’s works included the detailed design of all reinforced concrete sub and superstructures as well as design, manufacture and supply of the powerhouse steel superstructure; complete cladding envelope and overhead travelling crane.

Thorough and timely coordination of the engineering disciplines ensured sufficient space for all structures designed to be constructed on pre-cast piles rammed 25 m into the soft soil of the crowded river bank site, and careful detailing ensured that the cladding envelope met the strict requirements op up to Rw = 40 dB acoustic insulation of the façade. 

Photo is courtesy of BWSC.