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GE Power Services has announced that it has signed a multiyear service agreement with GEL Utility Limited (GELUL), a joint subsidiary of Engro Corporation of Pakistan and Genesis Power & Energy Solutions, to support the power generation requirements of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, the Port Harcourt Refining Company. The 12-year agreement includes the provision of parts, spares, repairs and services over two major inspection cycles for three units of GE’s TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines installed at the plant site.

GE’s Power Services offering will feature the expanded capabilities on GE’s TM2500 fast power solution assets installed at the plant. The state-owned refinery, which specialises in the refining of crude oil into petroleum products, will have an optimal supply of the power it needs to run its plant reliably and efficiently. GE‘s TM2500 fast power solution represents some of the most reliable distributed power units available, minimising interruptions and instabilities due to technical problems related to faulty equipment or an unstable electricity grid.

The units will also provide the ability to frequently and rapidly ramp up to meet load and demand fluctuations. With production capacity currently at approximately 210,000bpd, Port-Harcourt refinery, which is also the country’s largest operational refinery, needs a constant supply of power with no room for downtime to the facility and its operations.

“As an integrated energy company with a constant focus on commitment for greater efficiency in our investments and reduction of our costs without compromising the safety and production goals of our customers, we have been working with GE for several years to ensure optimum performance of the power generation assets installed at our various plants,” says Akinwole Omoboriowo II, Chairman of Genesis Energy Holding.

“We are pleased with this unique transaction experience with GE, which will help our esteemed customer, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to accomplish the scheduled outages of our assets at the Port Harcourt Refining Company, while also increasing significantly our savings in maintenance throughout the duration of the agreement.”

Narendra Asnani, Executive Sales Director for GE Power Services, sub-Saharan Africa, adds that sustaining gas turbine performance in these present times of ever-shrinking budgets can be a difficult challenge as oil prices are a determinant of the country’s growth pattern. “This service agreement is crucial to help improve power supply for the constant production of one of the nation’s leading facilities. I’m therefore very proud we’ll be able to provide the right tailored services solutions to help reduce GELUL’s operational and maintenance costs, while providing operational and technical support for the next twelve years.”

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