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GE has received an order from Angolan energy company AE Energia for seven TM2500 mobile aeroderivative gas turbine generator sets, as well as service agreements and digital solutions for Prodel, the state-owned company responsible for power production in the country. This follows AE Energia and GE’s successful project at the Soyo 750 MW combined cycle power plant and the connection of six other TM2500 units in April.

GE to supply gensets to Angola

Angola’s national grid, built in the 1970’s, is aging and in need of upgrade and rehabilitation. The grid is currently able to provide electricity to only about 30% of the population. The TM2500 generator set, which is trailer mounted and can be installed faster than traditional power plants, is ideally suited to meet Angola’s energy needs, GE said in a statement. Together, the seven units will be used for grid stability in existing plants as well as provide electricity to off-grid communities.

The TM2500 units will be installed in Namibe, Huila and Cuando Cubango provinces and will be capable of providing the remaining 200 megawatts (MW) of power for the Angolan government to achieve a targeted one gigawatt (GW) of electricity by the end of 2018.

GE will provide the generating equipment, installation, commissioning, fuel treatment solution, spares and electrical balance of plant to Prodel. The order’s multi-year service agreements for up to nine TM2500 generator sets will support the equipment for a period of six years. The service agreements also include GE’s Predix-based Asset Performance Management software, which was deployed for the first time in aeroderative gas turbines with the Marubeni project in Japan in April 2017.

AE Energia will oversee the project execution. “Our goal is to ensure the country gets full value for money as we provide the local know how to support GE in every phase of this power project responding to the national priorities for the energy sector,” Ricardo Machado, CEO of AE Energia says.

“Our industry-leading TM2500 units deliver reliable and efficient power with speed, and with the addition of these seven units up to an additional 15% of the population of Angola can gain access to electricity,” Scott Strazik, Chief Commercial Officer of GE’s Gas Power Systems business, explains. “We are very proud to help achieve this significant milestone and look forward to continuing to support Angola’s ambitious energy goals in the years to come.”

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