February 25, 2008

Geometric Power Buys GE Gas Turbines for Nigeria Power Plant

Nigerian power generator Geometric Power, as part of a program to initiate a more reliable industrial power supply to sub-Saharan Africa, has purchased three GE Energy LM6000-PD Sprint aero-derivative gas turbines for a new reference power plant located in Aba, southeastern Nigeria.

Average annual power supply in Aba has been reported at 20% of the total demand, leaving some sections of the city without electricity for days. With the new Aba plant, Geometric Power (GPL) hopes to provide reliable, affordable, efficient power to all customers, especially in industrial clusters.

The 140MW plant will feature three LM6000-PD Sprint aero-derivative gas turbine generator sets, balance of plant equipment, auxiliaries, control systems and coils for inlet air chilling from GE.

The gas turbines, rated at 47MW each, will operate in simple cycle at base load on natural gas and are expected to save the average manufacturing company running its own stand-by generating sets more than 65% in electricity costs. The Aba power station is expected to begin commercial operation by the fourth quarter of 2008.

Charles Blankenship, general manager of GE Energy's aero-derivative division, said: "By choosing our LM6000-PD Sprint aero-derivative gas turbine generator sets, Geometric Power will benefit from the high simple-cycle efficiency and availability of the LM6000, as well as GE Energy's vast experience."