GE Installs 100th Power Plant in Sub-Saharan Africa as Energy Firm Advocates for Lower Tariffs

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GE Power, a multinational energy sector leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain, has made its 100th power plant installation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The milestone was achieved with power plants in Angola powered by gas turbine technology. The company, which has now installed over 300 turbines in up to 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, says lower electricity tariffs brought on by new technology, can help speed up development across the region.

“This milestone is a testimony of our commitment to providing power solutions to meet the growing energy needs in many countries in the region ahead of other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs),” Leslie Nelson, CEO, GE’s Gas Power business, Sub-Saharan Africa said.

“Our regional operations are led by an expert African team. Our flexible and modular energy solutions respond to the ever-changing needs of the communities where we work and live. Our ability to partner with independent power producers…strategic investors and governments to deliver these power projects strengthens the trust and confidence that our customers place in us,” Nelson added.

In light of its milestone, GE cited its operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The energy company, for instance, has a number of operations in Ghana. In fact, over 70% of the thermal power in Ghana runs on GE technology with over 600 megawatts (MW) added to the grid in the last 24 months, with an additional 900MW planned over the next 2 years.

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.

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. Today, about 80% of Angola’s gas-powered generation runs on GE technology providing energy for up to 2 million Angolan households.

GE is also a historical player and a pioneer in the power sector in Ivory Coast. The country’s 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 Kenya, GE asserts that the country needs a diverse energy mix to support its growth initiatives. The 1050MW Lamu power project will use GE’s technology to deliver superior efficiency and lowest emissions.

And 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.

“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, optimizing the energy value chain – this is what we think about as a business and work towards improving everyday,” said Lee Dawes, General Manager for GE Steam Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

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