GE is to carry out a 253 MW gas turbine extension to a power plant in Càƒ´te dà¢€â„¢Ivoire which is expected to deliver 30 per cent of the countryà¢€â„¢s electricity.
The extension of the Azito plant in the Yopougon district of Abidjan is designed to support the countryà¢€â„¢s energy plan to provide reliable and sustainable power.
The plant is operated by Càƒ´te dà¢€â„¢Ivoire power firm Azito Energie and the companyà¢€â„¢s managing director Luc Aye said that following the upgrade the plant will be à¢€Å“one of the most efficient in the region and will serve as aà‚ modelà‚ for the development of similar power projects in Africaà¢€.
He added that à¢€Å“providing reliable and sustainable power is a priority for us. Our plant makes use of Càƒ´te dà¢€â„¢Ivoireà¢€â„¢s supplies of natural gas and with this expansion, we will continue to contribute significantly to the countryà¢€â„¢s energy security and stability.à¢€
Under the contract, GE à¢€“ which has worked with Azito Energie to gradually upgrade the plant since 1999 à¢€“ will supply its GT13E2 gas turbine in combined-cycle configuration, one heat recovery steam generator, one steam turbine generator, a condenser and associated systems, plus maintenance services for 20 years.
Once the extension if completed the plant is expected to generate approximately 710 MW.
Elisee Sezan, chief executive of GEà¢€â„¢s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa, said GE was à¢€Å“committed to the development of Càƒ´te dà¢€â„¢Ivoireà¢€â„¢s power sector and plays a critical role in laying the foundational infrastructure needed to build a modern economyà¢€.