GE Mobile Gas Turbines To Enhance Angola Grid
Gas turbines go to LS Energia, units to provide Angola State Utility ENE with 120 MW of reliable on-site power
With Angola looking for more cost-effective, flexible energy supplies to improve grid reliability and counter the rising cost of diesel fuel, GE is supplying five trailer-mounted, TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines to LS Energia (LSE) on behalf of Angolan state utility Empresa Nacional Eectricidade-E.P. (ENE).
LSE – an engineering, procurement and construction company – selected GE’s TM2500+ solution after ENE awarded LSE the contract to supply 120 MW of on-site capacity to help enhance Angola’s grid reliability.
GE’s TM2500+ provides up to 31 MW of fast and reliable on-site generating capacity, the company said. The system 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 fuel-flexible system can use either natural gas or liquid-distillate.
“GE’s TM2500+ systems offer the right combination of efficiency and reliability needed to help ENE reduce its fuel costs and increase the reliability of grid service in order to support continued economic growth in Angola,” said Nyembo Ilunga, president, LSE Africa. “We are providing a complete solution from fuel supply to electricity on the grid. Our partnership with GE gives the customer a single point of contact."
In addition to the TM2500+ units – each packaged on a two-trailer system with a top-mounted air inlet filter and exhaust assemblies – GE’s scope of services for LSE includes providing training for instrumentation and controls, and operations and maintenance. GE will deliver the TM2500+ units to LSE with commercial startup scheduled for December 2012. The LSE order is GE’s third TM2500+ power project in Angola.
“Our TM2500+ and other products in our PowerXpand portfolio are ideally suited to help meet the demand for fast, mobile power in countries that are seeking more permanent energy and water infrastructure solutions,” said Darryl Wilson, president and CEO—aeroderivative gas turbines for GE Power & Water. “With a population of 19 million people but only a 26% electrification rate, Angola is a perfect example of how a country can use GE’s portfolio to provide greater long-term energy and economic security to residents and businesses alike.”