2018/06/26 – GE Power has reached its 100th power plant installation in Sub-Saharan Africa, after completing its mobile TM2500 gas power installations in Angola.
The company has now installed more than 300 turbines in up to 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa region.
Leslie Nelson, CEO of GE’s gas power business for Sub-Saharan Africa, said that these installations will provide power solutions to meet the growing energy needs in many countries in the region ahead of other OEMs.
More than 70 per cent of the thermal power in Ghana runs on GE technology with 600MW added to the grid in the last 24 months, with an additional 900MW planned over the next two years. This includes the 400MW Bridgepower project, in consortium with Endeavour and Sage Petroleum, which will be the first LPG-fired power plant in Africa and the largest LPG fired power plant in the world. The 200MW Amandi power plant, which will come online in 2019, will run on GE’s latest 9E technology offering superior fuel flexibility.
In Nigeria, GE technology provides more than 75 per cent of the gas-powered on-grid generation, with more than three gigawatt of heavy duty and fuel-flexible gas turbines at nine power plants including the Omotosho I & II power plants as well as GE’s innovative trailer-mounted gas turbines currently being installed at the Afam III Fast Power plant.
GE and the Angola Ministry of Energy and Water are set to achieve the country’s additional electric power generation capacity target of 2000MW. Today, about 80 per cent of Angola’s gas-powered generation runs on GE technology providing energy for up to two million Angolan households.
GE is a historical player and a pioneer in the power sector in Ivory Coast. In 2015, GE committed to support the country’s infrastructure development goals, which includes adding one gigawatt of power to the Ivorian national grid. The Azito Power plant produces more than a third of the electricity in the country and marks GE’s Power Services’ first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade in SSA. This upgrade will add an additional 30MW to the plant’s 450MW production capacity. In addition, GE is setting up an monitoring and diagnostic (M&D) centre in Ivory Coast to provide the digital data and analytics service to improve performance and lower lifecycle costs of all GE equipment in the region.
The 1050MW Lamu power project will use GE’s ultra-super critical technology to deliver superior efficiency and lowest emissions.
In South Africa, GE is deploying steam technology at the Medupi and Kusile Power plants. Kusile is the first wet flue gas desulphurization plant in the continent and has 93 per cent removal efficiency rate. Upon completion, Kusile and Medupi will provide up to 9600MW to meet the electricity needs of about seven million households in South Africa.
GE also reinforces its commitment to investment in the region through skills development initiatives to broaden and nurture its talent pool within the countries it operates. Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives are also carried out through a wide range of projects in the areas of health, education, environment and community-building aiming to improve lives in the Sub-Saharan African region.