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GE Jenbacher Firsts for Tanzania and Lebanon

Posted on April 25, 2006

GE Energy’s gas engine business is installing its first Jenbacher engines in Tanzania and Lebanon, offering two examples of the global appeal of Jenbacher technology as a cost-effective, flexible, and environmentally sound solution.

GE Energy is supplying three JGS 616 GS-N.L Jenbacher gas engines for a six-megawatt (MW) power plant as part of efforts to develop Tanzania’s electricity infrastructure. The power plant is being built near the village of Somanga, 220 kilometers south of Tanzania’s capital of Dar Es Salaam. The plant will be fueled by natural gas and is an important part of the “Songo Songo Gas Development and Power Generation Project” initiative. The Songo Songo project goal is to develop Tanzania’s electricity infrastructure, utilizing natural gas coming from the Songo Songo island reserve.

The engines were to be delivered during the first quarter of 2006, with installation and commissioning scheduled for the second quarter 2006.

GE Energy is supplying two JMS 320 GS-B.L Jenbacher cogeneration systems for a biogas plant being installed at a household solid waste treatment center in southwestern Saida, a coastal city located about 40 kilometers south of Beirut. The new Jenbacher power plant, the first of its kind in Lebanon, will utilize biogas generated from the anaerobic conversion of household solid waste. The biogas will be used for the production of electricity and heat to support facility operations, an important requirement of the customer given Lebanon’s high energy prices. Excess electrical power will be sold to the regional grid or private consumers close to the site. Each Jenbacher unit will generate 1.06 MW of electricity and 1.19 MW of thermal output, at an overall efficiency of 84.8%.

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