Largest Nigerian Power Project to Use GE Gas Turbines
Marking one of the largest power generation agreements in the country’s history, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power and Steel has selected GE Energy to supply 18 gas turbines, additional equipment and services for five power plants in the Niger Delta area that will add more than 2000 megawatts to the country’s electricity grid.
At the recent contract-signing ceremony, Nigerian officials called the agreement with GE a significant milestone for Nigeria’s electricity sector, with the new plants expected to play a major role in improving the country’s power generation capacity when they enter service in 2007. The gas turbines will be manufactured at GE’s gas turbine plant in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A., and will be delivered to the Nigerian project sites from June to September 2006.
All of the gas turbines for the five projects are GE Frame 9E machines. Installation sites include: — Calabar, five gas turbines totaling over 564 megawatts — Eyaen, near Benin City, four units, totaling over 451 megawatts — Sapele-Delta state, four units, totaling over 451 megawatts — Egbema in Imo state, three units, totaling over 338 megawatts — Gbarain/Ubie in Bayelsa state, two units, totaling over 225 megawatts
Since the units will operate solely on natural gas, the five new power plants will help to harness Nigeria’s abundant gas reserves, which rank as the tenth largest in the world. The gas turbines initially will operate in simple-cycle mode, with conversion to combined-cycle planned for the future. In addition to the gas turbines, GE will supply generators and transformers, and will supervise the erection of the power plants. Under a separate, contractual service agreement, GE will provide maintenance, spare parts and repair services.