General Electric (GE) on Monday announced the successful rehabilitation of three 9E.03 gas turbines, at three Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s (NDPHC) power plants in Calabar and Sapele, enabling the plants to reliably secure and restore the supply of up to 360 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid.
A news report sourced from African Press Organisation (APO) Group, indicated that the rehabilitation of the power plants, which reduced the risk of unplanned downtime of the NDPHC’s power generation equipment, was achieved despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the power plants’ rehabilitation feat, NDPHC’s Managing Director, Barrister Chiedu Ugbo, explained that “being Nigeria’s largest electricity generating company, with a total installed capacity of 4.0 gigawatts (GW), representing about 35% of Nigeria’s generating capacity, we are committed to strengthening Nigeria’s power sector, despite the unexpected logistical challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“GE’s efficiency to mobilize local teams on-site with the required technical skills and expertise, as well as GE’s global supply chain scale was crucial to ensure the timely and safe completion of the outages at the sites and help us achieve our goal”, he added.
The outages involved stage three bucket change-outs on three 9E gas turbines as well as additional combustion inspections.
Engineers from GE and FieldCore, the field services execution company owned by GE, worked together and in close collaboration with NDPHC to implement additional safety measures and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, including frequent disinfections at the site, physical distancing, standard passive and active temperature screenings for personnel, and the use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves.
In his remarks, CEO for GE’s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa, Elisee Sezan, said: “We are committed to supporting power plant operators like NDPHC to be able to provide reliable power with exceptional support and services from GE throughout these uncertain times, while ensuring and maintaining the health and safety of our employees and suppliers.
“The successful rehabilitation of the power generations assets at Calabar and Sapele plants will help increase the 9E gas turbines’ efficiency, while lowering emissions and providing essential power for industrialization, healthcare facilities, homes, schools and businesses”, the electricity expert added.
This year, GE’s 9E gas turbine fleet celebrates 40 years of operations globally. The 9E is a robust, proven platform that delivers high availability, reliability, and durability while lowering the overall cost-per-kilowatt. It has a large installed base of over 650 units in the world located primarily in Asia, China, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The company has been collaborating with energy stakeholders to deploy innovative technologies tailored to respond to the needs in the region since the 1950s with reliable baseload and flexible emergency power.