GE, the famous multinational energy sector conglomerate, has announced a plan that will help the Ivory Coast increase power output by 30 megawatts (MW) at its Azito plant in the country’s Yopougon District.
The move involves an upgrade of the faciliy’s MXL2 Turbine.
As part of the agreement, Azito Energie S.A. – a company that develops, owns, and operates the Azito power plant that produces electricity using natural gas resources in Ivory Coast – announced that it has signed a contract with GE to deploy its ‘Predix Asset Performance Management’ (APM) software for two gas turbines and two generators at the Azito III plant site.
In addition, the companies announced the successful execution of GE’s MXL2 upgrade solution for the first GT13E2 gas turbine, which will increase the plant’s production by 15 megawatts (MWs), which is equivalent power for up to 120,000 homes.
The upgrade on the second unit is set to be implemented later in the year. A first-of-its kind project in Sub Saharan Africa, this flagship upgrade combined with the digital solutions, is paving the way for additional total plant solutions across the region.
“We’re excited that GE’s hardware solutions are helping us to improve our plant competitiveness, modernizing our existing assets and achieving our sustainability goals. It is a strategic move for Azito to support the country’s energy and economic priorities,” said Luc Aye, General Manager, Azito Energie S.A.
“With plant output already increasing by up to 30MWs with our selection of GE’s MXL2 technology, we are keen on leveraging digital technology and knowledge management to further improve on our plant overall performance. Operational efficiency, reliability and availability of our assets have always been our key focus,” Aye added.
“We are continuing our commitment to invest in and deliver total gas plant solutions for plant operators to add more megawatts on the grid across the region,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO, for GE’s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The Azito plant will produce more efficient and reliable power for the citizens and the economy, paving the way for additional holistic upgrades across the region,” he added.
According to GE, the APM software will provide real-time unified visibility into the health of assets critical to the customer.
“The power industry today is rapidly evolving with fluctuating market conditions – fuel prices, workforce, energy demand and supply among many others, either internally or externally, that affect business operations,” said Narendra Asnani, Commercial Operations Executive for GE’s Power Service business in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“These dynamics make data analytics very crucial to the success of business operations. Yet, power operators find it difficult to analyze this data holistically across one or multiple plants and resort to traditional operations, which consists of multiple systems, each designed to measure and monitor in silos. With a vast understanding of this challenge, GE’s decades of power plant technology leadership with digitally-driven solutions helps customers like Azito take advantage of valuable insights and data that deliver innovative business outcomes,” Asnani concluded.