Nigerian flour mills in on-site power deal

Flour Mills of Nigeria plc has placed an order for five diesel engines with UK-based distributed power provider Clarke Energy. The deal, representing a total capacity of 12.5 MW, marks the first ever order for the new GE 616 high speed diesel engine.

The 616 is based upon the Jenbacher Type 6 reciprocating engine and GE Transportation’s P616 locomotive diesel engine.

Two of the units will be used at Flour Mills’ Kano facility in northern Nigeria, where natural gas access is limited and older, less-efficient diesel units have been used in order to maintain power for production. The new Jenbacher Type 6 engines will deliver 5 MW of baseload electrical power, with an expected capital payback in less than 12 months on diesel fuel cost savings alone.

The other three GE engines will be at Flour Mills’ facility in Apapa, Lagos. The Lagos site already features 11 J620 gas engines, and the diesel units will provide backup power generation capacity in the event of maintenance on the site’s existing power generation equipment or in the event of a gas supply failure.

‘As Nigeria continues to grow its industrial might in the global economy, we have opted to invest in GE’s new 616 diesel engines to deliver higher fuel efficiency at our sites in Lagos and Kano,’ said Paul Gbededo, chief executive officer of Flour Mills of Nigeria, plc.

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