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Extension of power plant in Rodrigues, Mauritius

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S


Design of reinforced concrete, steel structures and cladding envelope.
Supply of structural steel, overhead travelling crane and cladding envelope of the powerhouse.
Erection supervision of the cladding envelope.

Danish engineering company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) was in Q3, 2011 by the Central Electricity Board of Mauritius awarded a design-build turnkey contract for the phase two extension of the heavy fuel oil Pointe Monnier Power Station on the island of Rodrigues in the heart of the Indian Ocean

Aqvila was after a competition in Q4, 2011 awarded the design supply turnkey sub-contract for the civil works by BWSC.

The challenges of designing a cost effective extension within the agreed quality to an existing and operating power plant necessitated creative problem solving and thorough coordination of the various design disciplines. The steel structure, prefabricated in sections suitable for transport in 40 foot containers, was designed to be assembled with bolted connection only, and had to be erected with a minimum use of heavy site equipment. A carefully detailed sandwich panel cladding protects the powerhouse from the harsh coastal climate and hurricane force winds.

The challenge of getting Aqvila’s supplies to a remote site on time were met by dedicated focus on all components of the supply chain by Aqvila and its supply partners in Finland, China, Slovenia and Denmark.

Photo courtesy of BWSC.