Three 25 MW trailer-mounted, TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines from GE’s Distributed Power business are to supply power to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) state oil refinery at Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

The machines (pictured) are being delivered to Genesis Electricity’s project company, GEL Utility Limited, to generate uninterrupted on-site power for the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) facility – 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 per day and the outages and other factors have forced Nigeria to import large volumes of refined petroleum products to meet its domestic needs.

Genesis has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NNPC for the installation at the 49-year-old refinery. The agreement also includes the future modernization of Nigeria’s other two refineries.

The three units will enter commercial operation in August 2014.

Akinwole Omoboriowo II, CEO of Genesis Electricity Limited, said: ‘This project was not only important in getting the refinery back into full operation, but also to support Nigeria’s long-term economic interests by achieving optimum refining capacity.’