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GE Power has reached its 100th power plant installation in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 70% of the thermal power in Ghana runs on GE technology, with over 600MW added to the grid in the last 24 months. An additional 900MW is planned over the next two years.

GE Power reaches 100 installations in Africa

GE’s Ghanaian projects include the 400MW Bridgepower project, in consortium with 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. 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. The 200MW Amandi power plant, which will come online in 2019, will run on GE’s latest 9E technology.

Similarly, Around 80% of Angola’s gas-powered generation runs on GE technology, providing energy for up to 2 million Angolan households. In addition, GE technology provides over 75% of the gas-powered on-grid generation in Nigeria.

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 trailer-mounted gas turbines currently being installed at the Afam III Fast Power plant, the company is 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.

GE is a historical player in Ivory Coast, responsible for the first-ever gas turbines in the country, at Vridi which came online in 1984, the first independent power production project and the first combined-cycle power plants in the country. 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 sub-Saharan Africa. This upgrade will add an additional 30MW to the plant’s 450MW production capacity. In addition, GE is setting up an M&D (Monitoring and Diagnostic) 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.

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.

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.

“As a company, we believe that one of the key drivers of development in Africa is power. Lowering the tariffs, figuring out how we can make the most of the grid, optimising the energy value chain – this is what we think about as a business and work towards improving every day,” says Lee Dawes, General Manager, GE Steam Power in sub-Saharan Africa.

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