200 MW Combined-Cycle Plant Set For Ghana
By Jack Burke13 March 2017
GE announced the order of a 200 MW combined-cycle power plant to be operated by Amandi Energy Ltd in Aboadze, Ghana.
This turnkey plant will be powered by GE’s 9E.04 gas turbine with tri-fuel capabilities. Initially fueled by light crude oil, the switch will be made to indigenous gas from Ghana’s offshore Sankofa natural gas field once available, the company said.
The 9E can burn more than 50 types of fuels and can switch between natural gas, distillate and heavy fuel oil while operating under full load. GE’s 9E.04 has multiple features that help reduce fuel costs and increase revenue, such as a 145 MW output and 37% efficiency in simple-cycle. GE has more than 3000 E-class turbines installed throughout the world with 143 million combined operating hours.
“GE’s fuel capabilities are unmatched. Having a turbine that is able to switch between fuels can provide increased plant operability allowing for power generation months before the indigenous gas supply would otherwise be available,” said Boaz Lavi, GM for Amandi Energy Ltd, Ghana. “This is crucial in helping Ghana meet its growing power needs.”
GE will also provide the steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), associated balance of plant, and seven-year CSA. Once operational, the 200 MW plant will be one of the most efficient power plants in the country and will generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than one million Ghanaian homes, GE said.
“Our customers have complex fuel needs, and this project illustrates the breadth of solutions we are able to deliver to meet their expectations,” said Leslie Nelson, GM Gas Power Systems at GE Power in Sub-Saharan Africa, “We are pleased that our strong regional presence allows us to get power to our customers, like Amandi Energy, quickly and efficiently.”
The plant’s construction will be overseen by Metka, an international engineering contractor.