The Project Marks GE’s First Digital Solutions Order and First GT13E2 MXL2 Full Modules Configuration Gas Turbine upgrade installation in Sub-Saharan Africa
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, May 14, 2019/ — GE’s MXL2 Turbine Upgrade Will Help Increase Power Output by 30 megawatts (MW) at Azito’s plant in the Yopougon district of the Ivory Coast; GE’s Upgrade and Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) Software will Help Improve Plant Competitiveness; The Project Marks GE’s First Digital Solutions Order and First GT13E2 MXL2 Full Modules Configuration Gas Turbine upgrade installation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
With a focus on improving power plant output, reliability, availability and operational performance as well as gaining data and insights for predictive maintenance of assets, Azito Energie S.A. today announced that it has signed a contract with GE (NYSE:GE) to deploy its Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) (https://invent.ge/2Q2BNJ7) software for two GT13E2 gas turbines and two generators at the Azito III plant site, located in the Yopougon district of Ivory Coast. 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.”
GE successfully executed the MXL2 upgrade on the first unit, comprising turbine, compressor and combustor modules, without any loss time to injury and a workforce that was predominantly 95% local. Designed to be compatible with all installed GT13E2 units, the MXL2 upgrade combines GE’s latest technology developments and over 10 million operating hours of GT13E2 fleet experience. This upgrade allows operators to benefit from increased efficiency, improved power output, and significantly extended service intervals. This upgrade also helps extend the lifetime of the asset and improve availability of power with fewer C-inspections.
“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.
Under this contract, the APM software will provide real-time unified visibility into the health of assets critical to the customer —all in one place. It can predict and accurately diagnose issues with greater accuracy before they occur with the help of predictive analytics, while generating the root cause analysis of events and providing a framework for the resolution of identified issues.
“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”.
GE is a historical player and a pioneer in Ivory Coast, particularly in the power sector.
GE Reinforces Commitment to Improve Energy Access in West Africa
In Benin, GE will supply the nation’s first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), this grid solution is expected to increase energy reliability and efficiency
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April, 2019 — GE to provide energy solutions to help foster economic development and growth in Benin and Cote d’Ivoire; In Benin, GE will supply the nation’s first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), this grid solution is expected to increase energy reliability and efficiency; In Cote d’Ivoire, GE will rehabilitate and improve the power capacity of the Ferke, Man and Taabo substations while reducing the losses in energy transmission.
Today, GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business announced that it has signed two deals to build energy systems in Benin and upgrade three substations in Cote d’Ivoire. These agreements align with GE’s commitment to providing scalable power solutions in partnership with governments and utilities to meet West Africa’s growing energy needs while developing self-sustaining electricity systems for businesses and households in the region.
In Benin, 85 percent of electricity utilized is currently imported from neighboring countries. To strengthen the country’s grid and manage electricity losses that result during energy transmission, GE will design and supply the first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) (https://invent.ge/2RNuVit) in Benin for the Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) and undertake the rehabilitation of substations and telecommunication infrastructure at the National Distribution Control Center in Cotonou.
Part of GE’s Digital Energy portfolio, ADMS is engineered with adaptive algorithms and predictive analytics to help utilities operate the grid more efficiently and enable automation. The system will be able to predict issues, identify the faults on the grid and propose a restoration plan.
“The Distribution Management System (ADMS) will help optimize energy distribution, reduce electricity losses and minimize shortages,” said the National Coordinator for MCA-Benin II. “This project is aligned with the government’s ambition to efficiently manage the generation from power plants, microgrids and other grid infrastructure to improve the quality, efficiency and availability of power to our customers. “This system will also help manage the security and maintain control of the grid.”
Under this contract, GE will rehabilitate and expand three 225kV substations in Ferke, Man and Taabo. This project will help improve the electricity supply in the northern, western and central part of Côte d’Ivoire.
“With about 90% of the country’s population having access to electricity and the growing demand for energy, limited distribution systems cause a total energy loss of approximately 20% annually. There is a need to rehabilitate and strengthen the country’s grid infrastructure,” said Bile Gerard TANOE – Secretary General of CI-ENERGIES. “This project will improve the power capacities of Ferke, Man and Taabo substations to help mitigate total energy losses and provide the reliability needed to limit the total unavailability of these critical substations,” he added.
“Energy is a key component for on-going development in Sub-Saharan Africa. With only 45 percent of electrification rates in many countries in the region, it is critical to develop an end-to-end solution to increase energy access and foster economic development,” said Lazarus Angbazo, President & CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business in Sub-Saharan Africa. “These projects reinforce GE’s involvement in implementing key infrastructure for energy transmission and interconnection development in Africa through smart solutions and turnkey project expertise.”
GE’s Grid Solutions business provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries, bringing together the right mix of high-voltage products through expert engineering and full project management. Grid Solutions has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects globally in the last 10 years.
Siemens and Ethiopia collaborate to address urgent energy and infrastructure challenges
Siemens is currently helping to increase the reliability of energy supply through an interconnector being built between Kenya and Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April, 2019 — Siemens today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to support the government’s objective of becoming a low middle-income country by 2025.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) addresses the country’s energy and infrastructure sectors. Other key aspects of the agreement include financing concepts that will ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructure initiatives; and creating opportunities for local upskilling and job creation during construction and operation.
Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan serves as a catalyst towards realizing its national vision of accelerated and sustained economic growth in order to eradicate poverty and increase prosperity. “Siemens can make a significant contribution to Ethiopia’s development. We will apply our vast experience and proven technologies as well as training and education capabilities to help shape the future of Ethiopia and its people. One of the starting projects affirming our strong commitment in the region is the East Africa Interconnector,” said Joe Kaeser, CEO for Siemens AG.
Siemens is currently helping to increase the reliability of energy supply through an interconnector being built between Kenya and Ethiopia. The roughly 1,000 kilometres-long transmission line will transmit environmentally friendly hydroelectricity from Ethiopia to Kenya. The project currently supports 200 direct jobs in Ethiopia alone and is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Africa.
The primary goal of this agreement is to commit to a long-term partnership between Siemens and the people of Ethiopia to develop, fast track solutions that will enable government to stabilise and expand existing grid infrastructure, explore solutions for industrial parks and co-develop microgrid solutions for remote villages.
Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa says, “This milestone agreement is another step in demonstrating our strong commitment to the people and government of Ethiopia. We are here today as we have been since 1927, to help achieve affordable and reliable power supply, create jobs, increase access to training and develop local skills alongside local partners.”
Hanergy Debuts at The Solar Show Africa 2019
The clean energy giant exhibits its latest solar power innovations at Africa’s largest and longest running power and electricity show – Accelerates its expansion plan in Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 2019 — The world’s largest thin-film solar power solution company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group , showcased its path-breaking solar-power products, at the 22nd edition of The Solar Show Africa 2019, Africa’s largest and longest running power and electricity show that lasted from March 26-27th.
As part of the two-day exhibition and conference held at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, Hanergy showcased a series of its most promising solar solutions, such as HanTile, HanWall, HanBrick, Humbrella, HanPack, HanPaper, Solibro Slide-In mounting system, GSE & MiaSolé Flex modules, presenting solar-powered solutions for industries, and residential individuals.
The show welcomed over 8000 attendees and hosted a mecca of solar solution providers spanning 4 halls and thousands of square metres. Amongst 148 exhibitors besides Hanergy, other prominent Chinese players were Trina Solar, Jinko Solar & JA Solar.
Hanergy’s debut at The Solar Show Africa 2019 is a clear indication of company’s massive expansion plans in African continent. Hanergy is underway with its robust expansion plan in Africa, and has already initiated several projects locally. The company’s participation in this year’s exhibition and conference has been instrumental in exploring significant partnerships with varied national and international companies.
Mr. Pan Xiang, Sales Director of Hanergy South Africa says, “We’re extremely delighted to have exhibited our revolutionary energy solutions for the first time at The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is undoubtedly one of the Africa’s leading exhibitions for solar industry and its partners. We believe, not only has the prestigious exhibition and conference presented Hanergy with a platform to showcase our promising solar solutions for Africa market, but our participation has also ensued unique networking opportunities allowing us to solidify our current relationships and build new ones to expand in Africa market.”
“We have explored multiple partnerships with a number of national and international companies. Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to announce the partnerships with number of companies in days to come,” he added.
Deemed to be the basis for promising projects, the varied exhibits from Hanergy received unprecedented response, particularly the visitors expressed a lot of interest in HanTile, a pioneering solar rooftop solution; Solibro’s Slide-In mounting system; GSE & MiaSolé Flex modules. Hanergy’s Booth No – K5&K6 spanning 72 square metres of area, received maximum footfalls giving company an opportunity to host a virtuous number of potential clients.
Africa had 580 million people who were off-the-grid in 2016 and is expected to be home to 80 percent of the world’s off-the-grid population by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency. With incredible market opportunity that’s not being met by the relatively small handful of companies that are operating on the continent, Hanergy has a righteous opportunity to strengthen its foothold in the country by aiding off-grid African communities to embrace solar energy through collaboration with local government authorities.
Hanergy’s solar cells set the world record for conversion efficiency several times, with the newest one being 29.1%. It launched and upgraded handful of consumer products in 2018, including Humbrella, solar-powered umbrella; SolarTank, solar backpack; HanPower, solar power bank, retaining its leading position in mobile energy sector. Subsequently, with the debut of HanTile in April 2018 and HanWall in September 2018, Hanergy upped-the-ante in global building-integrated PV segment.
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