Power Upgrade In Ivory Coast
By Jack Burke15 November 2017
GE Power Services said it has signed an agreement with Azito Energie S.A. (Azito) to upgrade two gas turbines at the company’s combined-cycle power plant.
GE said its hardware upgrade and operations optimization digital solutions will help increase power output by up to 30 MW and will equip Azito with the insights it needs to increase efficiency and improve operations at the power plant. The project, located in the Yopougon district of the Ivory Coast, marks GE’s first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order in sub-Saharan Africa.
“As the electricity sector has undergone significant reform in the Ivory Coast, new regulations have helped foster a more welcoming environment to help Ivorians gain access to electricity,” said Luc Aye, managing director of Azito Energie. “At the center of this agreement with GE is our commitment to provide the people of the Ivory Coast with access to more reliable electricity. With GE’s upgrade package and digital solutions, we will produce more power, improve the efficiency of the plant and reduce our carbon footprint.”
In addition to increasing power output by up to 30 MW, upgrades on the turbines are expected to deliver a combined-cycle efficiency increase, resulting in significant fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions, GE said. GE’s solutions will also extend inspection intervals for the gas turbines, reducing maintenance and repair expenses—which, in turn, will reduce overall plant costs and result in improving profitability.
“With the Azito power plant producing more than a third of the electricity in the Ivory Coast, these improvements will have a wide-reaching impact on the country’s energy landscape” said Elisee Sezan, general manager, GE’s Power Services business for sub-Saharan Africa. “Until two decades ago, the country was heavily reliant upon hydroelectric power and fell into an energy crisis when the electricity output from its dams was drastically reduced due to droughts. With this project, we look forward to supporting Azito Energie in its efforts to help the Ivory Coast achieve its strategic energy objectives to increase existing plants’ efficiency and double the installed capacity it had in early 2013 by 2020.”
The installation of GE’s Predix-based Operations Optimization solution is slated for mid-2018, and the software will equip Azito with insights and key performance indicator-based analytics to help improve overall plant performance, the company said. It delivers enterprise data visibility across power plant and fleet-wide footprints, providing a holistic understanding of operational decisions.