UK-based beverage company Diageo has turned to GE (NYSE: GE) distributor Clarke Energy for two on-site turnkey combined heat and power (CHP) plants for its Guinness breweries in Ogba and Benin City, Nigeria.

Each 3.3 MW plant will feature a natural gas-powered Jenbacher J620 engine, along with a backup diesel engine from another supplier.

The new Ogba and Benin City projects will be the fifth and sixth Jenbacher CHP engines that Diageo has installed since 2008 at its Guinness Nigeria plc brewing operations.

In 2008, Diageo first installed a Jenbacher J620 cogeneration unit at its Guinness Ogba brewery, where the system was connected to a waste-heat boiler to produce steam for the brewing process. The second installation in 2010 was configured so exhaust heat went directly into an absorption chiller to provide cooling.

In 2008, Diageo also installed its first two Jenbacher J620 cogeneration systems at its Guinness Benin City brewery, where they produced chilled water through an absorption chiller as well as steam.

GE announced the brewery CHP projects in conjunction with the Africa Energy Forum 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

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