LUCELEC’s Cul De Sac Power Station (CDSPS) is the sole power plant on the island. In 1990, the CDSPS was commissioned with 3 MAK engines which each had a capacity of 6 - 7 MW. With these units came a significant improvement in fuel efficiency.
Prior to 1990, LUCELEC had two major generating stations, one at Union and the other at Vieux Fort, which fed independent distribution systems in the North and South. These units were not very efficient because of their small size and because they were very old. They yielded 16 units of electricity per gallon of diesel. The Union and Vieux Fort power plants have since been closed down.
At present in addition to the three MAK units, we have six larger Wärtsilä units; four 9.3 MW and 10.3MW units. Cul De Sac Power Station now has 77.2MW installed generation and 76.0MW of available generation capacity. With these newer and larger engines particularly those commissioned in the last few years, fuel efficiency is now at 19.4 units per gallon.
The Cul De Sac Power Station feeds seven (7) substations across the island:
CUL DE SAC POWER STATION
VIEUX FORT SUB-STATION