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GE power boost for Angola

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GE has announced an order from AE Energia for seven TM2500 mobile aeroderivative gas turbine generator sets, services agreements and digital solutions for PRODEL, the state-owned company responsible for power production in Angola.

The TM2500 units will be installed in Namibe, Huila and Cuando Cubango provinces and will be capable of providing the remaining 200 MW of power for the government to achieve a targeted 1 GW of electricity by end of 2018.

The deal is an important one for Angola, as the country’s grid is in need of modernisation, only serving 30 per cent of the population at the present time.
TM2500 generator
The TM2500 generator set, which is trailer mounted and can be installed faster than traditional power plants, is ideally suited to meet Angola’s energy needs. Together, the seven units will be used for grid stability in existing plants as well as provide electricity to off-grid communities.

Tuesday’s announcement comes on the heels of  AE Energia and GE’s ongoing work together at the Soyo 750 MW combined cycle power plant, as well as six units of GE’s 2016 TM2500 project in Angola being connected to the grid earlier in April.

“With the addition of these seven units up to an additional 15 per cent of the population of Angola can gain access to electricity,” said Scott Strazik, chief commercial officer of GE’s Gas Power Systems business.  “We are very proud to help achieve this significant milestone and look forward to continuing to support Angola’s ambitious energy goals in the years to come.”

The services agreements also include GE’s Predix* based Asset Performance Management (APM) software, which was deployed for the first time in aeroderative gas turbines with the Marubeni project in Japan in April 2017. GE’s APM software leverages data analytics to monitor power generation and transmission equipment health to predict potential failures and thereby reduce unplanned downtime by up to 5 per cent, lower operations and maintenance costs, and lower operational risks.