GE has completed the first stage of a landmark gas turbine upgrade at a power plant in Ivory Coast.
The project – which GE said is the first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa – has seen an upgrade on one of two gas turbines at the Azito III plant in the Yopougon district boost the plant’s overall production by 15 MW. A similar upgrade on the second gas turbine will begin later this year.
And the plant is also to install GE’s Predix asset performance management software.
Ge said today that the upgrade combined with the digital solutions “is paving the way for additional total plant solutions across the region”.
Luc Aye, general manager of Azito Energie which operates the plant, said GE’s hardware solutions “are helping us to improve our plant competitiveness, modernizing our existing assets and achieving our sustainability goals. It is a strategic move for Azito to support the country’s energy and economic priorities.”
“With plant output already increasing by up to 30 MW, we are keen on leveraging digital technology and knowledge management to further improve on our plant overall performance. Operational efficiency, reliability and availability of our assets have always been our key focus.”
GE’s MXL2 upgrade was carried out on the first turbine, compressor and combustor and is designed to be compatible with all installed GT13E2 units. It combines GE’s latest technology developments and over 10 million operating hours of GT13E2 fleet experience.
“We are continuing our commitment to invest in and deliver total gas plant solutions for plant operators to add more megawatts on the grid across the region,” said Elisee Sezan, chief executive for GE’s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The Azito plant will produce more efficient and reliable power for the citizens and the economy, paving the way for additional holistic upgrades across the region.”
GE said the Predix software will “provide real-time unified visibility into the health of assets critical to the customer —all in one place. It can predict and accurately diagnose issues with greater accuracy before they occur with the help of predictive analytics, while generating the root cause analysis of events and providing a framework for the resolution of identified issues.”
Narendra Asnani of GE’s Power Service business in Sub-Saharan Africa said: “The power industry today is rapidly evolving with fluctuating market conditions — fuel prices, workforce, energy demand and supply among many others, either internally or externally, that affect business operations.”
“These dynamics make data analytics very crucial to the success of business operations. Yet, power operators find it difficult to analyze this data holistically across one or multiple plants and resort to traditional operations, which consists of multiple systems, each designed to measure and monitor in silos.”
He said the Predix software “helps customers like Azito take advantage of valuable insights and data that deliver innovative business outcomes”.
The Azito deal was announced today in Cape Town on the first day of POWERGEN Africa and African Utility Week, which continues this week. Click here for details.