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A Powerful Brew

Posted on June 26, 2012

U.K.-based Diageo plc, a global alcohol beverage company, has once again tapped Clarke Energy, a distributor of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines, to install turnkey combined heat and power (CHP) plants at its Guinness breweries in Ogba and Benin City, Nigeria to lower their energy costs and increase production.

The two, 3.3 MW CHP plants will each feature a natural gas-powered Jenbacher J620 gas engine and a backup diesel engine from a different supplier. The Jenbacher J620 CHP units are scheduled to be fully installed, tested and in operation by the first quarter of 2013.

The Ogba and Benin City projects represent the fifth and sixth Jenbacher CHP engines that Diageo has installed since 2008 at its Guinness Nigeria plc brewing operations.

GE announced the brewery CHP projects in conjunction with the Africa Energy Forum 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

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