This significant milestone was achieved with power plants in Angola, powered by trailer-mounted aero gas turbine technology.
The company has now installed over 300 turbines in up to 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Leslie Nelson, CEO of GE’s Gas Power business, Sub-Saharan Africa, the milestone is a testimony of their commitment to providing power solutions to meet the growing energy needs in many countries.
He stated that, their ability to partner with independent power producers, EPCs, and governments to deliver these power projects strengthens the trust and confidence that customers place in them.
However, in Ghana, over 70% of the thermal power runs on GE technology with over 600MW added to the grid in the last 24 months, with an additional 900MW planned over the next 2 years.
Leading examples include the 400MW Bridgepower project, in consortium with indigenous partners, 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.
Also, in partnership with Marinus Energy the Atuabo Waste Gas to power project, will be the first TM2500 plant to use otherwise flared Isopentane gas as a fuel source.
In Nigeria today, GE technology provides over 75% of the gas-powered on-grid generation, with more than 3GW 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 is however committed to Nigeria’s Vision 2020; signing a Country to Company agreement with the Nigerian government to support development of up to 10GW of power.
In Angola, GE and the Angola Ministry of Energy and Water are set to achieve the country’s additional electric power generation capacity target of 2000MW.
Currently, about 80% of Angola’s gas-powered generation runs on GE technology providing energy for up to 2 million Angolan households.
With over 20 trailer mounted gas turbines installed at fast power plants and the 750MW Soyo I combined cycle power plant under construction, Angola is well on its way to achieving its energy ambitions.
In Ivory Coast, GE is a historical player and a pioneer of theri power sector.
The first-ever gas turbines (Vridi, 1984), the first independent power production project (Ciprel, 1994) and the first combined-cycle power plants in the country (Azito and Ciprel, 2015) all run mainly on GE technology.
In 2015, GE committed to support the country’s infrastructure development goals, which includes adding 1GW 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.
Kenya needs a diverse energy mix to support its growth initiatives.
The 1050MW Lamu power project will use GE’s ultra-super critical technology to deliver superior efficiency and lowest emissions.
The project will guarantee that up to 30% of electricity produced in Kenya is reliable baseload power.
In South Africa, GE is deploying smarter, cleaner, steam technology at the Medupi and Kusile Power plants.
Kusile is the first wet flue gas desulphurization plant in the continent and has 93% removal efficiency rate.
Upon completion, Kusile and Medupi will provide up to 9600MW – enough power to meet the electricity needs of about 7 million households in South Africa.
About GE Power
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Report by: Stephanie Horsu