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Algeria Power Contracts For GE

Eight TM2500+ gas turbines, one Jenbacher J320 natural gas engine to boost nation’s grid reliability

Posted on August 6, 2014

GE’s Distributed Power business has received orders for eight trailer-mounted GE TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine-generators and the first Jenbacher gas engine project in Algeria.

The new orders are the latest in a series of power generation technology supply agreements over the past year between GE and Algeria’s energy industry. The projects mark the third order for GE’s TM2500+ gas turbines for subsidiaries of Algeria’s national electricity and gas company Sonelgaz, and the first order for Jenbacher gas engines for an industrial plastic goods factory owned by Plastpaper.

The eight units are being installed in multiple locations near existing electrical substations and are scheduled to begin commercial operation at the beginning of August 2014. They can operate on either gas or liquid fuel and will supply electricity to support peak demands and to increase grid reliability, GE said.

The US$161 million contract also includes related services, which GE will supply in combination with partner Power Projects Ltd., the Turkish subsidiary of METKA S.A., an international engineering contractor.

GE’s 1 MW Jenbacher J320 natural gas engine will be supplied to Plastpaper’s industrial plastic goods factory in the city of Oran, where it will ensure the factory’s reliable supply of electricity and prevent grid disturbances from affecting the facility’s plastics extrusion production process, the company said. This marks the first Algerian on-site power project with gas engines in the country.