Nigeria Deploys GE’s Mobile Gas Turbines
Three TM2500+ units to enable full refinery production capacity, overcome local grid outages
GE’s Distributed Power business is supplying Genesis Electricity’s driven project company, GEL Utility Ltd., with three 25 MW trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines to generate power at Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.’s (NNPC) state oil refinery at Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
The company said its gas turbines at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) facility will ensure the power for the country’s largest oil refinery. Up to now, grid outages have reduced PHRC’s output to 30% of its total maximum capacity of 210 000 barrels/day, GE said. The outages and other factors have forced Nigeria to import large volumes of refined petroleum products to meet its domestic needs.
The TM2500+ gas turbines will provide both the base-load and backup power to support refinery operations at the 49-year-old facility. The agreement also includes the future modernization of Nigeria’s other two refineries. The three TM2500+ units will enter commercial operation in August 2014.
GE said it is training local engineers to operate and manage the refinery’s TM2500+ units and has an in-country service and maintenance workshop to service the units.
GE’s TM2500+ gas turbine is capable of providing ISO-rated 31 MW of on-site generating capacity and can be used to provide utilities with a “base-load bridge” to support permanent power installations; backup power to support natural disaster relief efforts or for plant shutdowns or equipment maintenance, the company said. The fuel-flexible system can use either natural gas or liquid-distillate.