GE to Power Nigeria’s Largest Oil Refinery in Port-Harcourt

General Electric (GE) has recently supplied and installed three 25 megawatt (MW) trailer-mounted aeroderivative gas turbines (TM2500+) at the Port Harcourt refinery in order to generate uninterrupted power at the site.
According to a press release from GE, the supply was made through Genesis Electricity Limited (GEL), an independent power producer headquartered in Nigeria, and the project was executed using locally trained GE engineers to support the operation in line with the local content philosophy.
“These state of the art turbines are capable of providing ISO-rated 31 MW of fast and reliable on-site generating capacity. The system can also be used to provide utilities with a “baseload bridge” to support permanent power installations; backup power to support natural disaster relief efforts; or for plant shutdown or equipment maintenance. The fuel-flexible system can use either natural gas or liquid-distillate,” the statement read.
The installation of the mobile gas turbines will ensure that Nigeria’s largest oil refinery has the power it needs to overcome grid outages and return to full capacity for refining. Prior to its installation, power outages had reduced the refinery’s output to 30 percent of its total maximum capacity of 210,000 barrels per day. This development is particularly important because it could be the first step in getting Africa’s largest economy to start refining the crude it produces, as opposed to the current inefficient practice of exporting the crude and importing the resulting petroleum products.
To facilitate this deal, which is the first-ever non-recourse project financing for power plants in Nigeria, GEL signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NNPC in November 2013 and the agreement also includes the future modernization of Nigeria’s other two refineries. The installed gas turbines will provide both the base load and backup power to support refinery operations.
“We are excited to work with GE to deploy their proven TM2500+ gas turbine technology and help Nigeria successfully return the Port Harcourt refinery to full service as quickly as possible. This project was not only important in getting the refinery back into full operation, but also to support Nigeria’s long-term economic interests by achieving optimum refining capacity,” commented Akinwole Omoboriowo, CEO of Genesis Electricity Limited.
George Njenga, GE’s Distributed Power Leader for sub Saharan Africa, also commented on the development saying; “Our TM2500+ technology’s high-power density and compact footprint make it the perfect solution to address Port Harcourt Refining Company’s fast ramp-up, on-site power requirements while also ensuring the refinery’s long-term viability.”
More local engineers will be trained to operate and manage the power generating units, and they will continue to get support from the GE in-country service and maintenance workshop as a symbol of GE’s long term commitment to Nigeria.
Source: Ventures Africa

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