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Powering The Fight Against Malaria

14 MW cogeneration plant to provide reliable on-site power for Nigeria anti-malaria equipment plant; first deployment of GE’s J624 model in sub-Saharan Africa

Posted on April 16, 2013

GE will supply three of its 4 MW Jenbacher J624 gas engines and one of its 2 MW J612 units to power a new factory that will produce billions of syringes and intravenous (IV) drug products needed each year to fight against malaria in Africa.

Clarke Energy – GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in Nigeria – will serve as the single point of contact from initial sale, project management, engineering, and installation through to commissioning and long-term maintenance of the power plant.

The company will install the 14 MW cogeneration plant at the syringe and IV products factory on behalf of Nigeria-based Integrated Medical Industries Limited (IMIL). Based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, IMIL is the first company in the West African sub-region to obtain World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for auto-disable syringes, the company said.

IMIL, which was established by the Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF) with the sponsorship and collaboration of the Rivers State Government, recently began implementing the US$275 million, integrated medical industries project to expand the availability of needed syringes and IV products. PAHF operates an existing equipment production facility at the IMIL site.

IMIL’s new syringe and IV products operation is scheduled to start production in 2014 and is expected to produce 1 billion syringes, 1 billion hypodermic needles, 105 million sets of IV bags and 90 million liters of IV solutions, medications and injectables.

In addition to supporting Nigeria’s fight against infectious diseases, the on-site power plant also will contribute to the Nigerian government’s ambitious targets to modernize the nation’s electrical generation infrastructure. The new cogeneration plant will be the first power project in sub-Saharan Africa to utilize GE’s 24-cylinder J624 gas engines.

GE is scheduled to deliver the J624 and J612 units in the third quarter of 2013.