GE to intervene in Shell’s Afam VI power station

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To Help increase output and reliability

At optimal performance, the Afam VI plant can provide up to 15% of the total national grid-connected electricity

  • GE’s Services Agreement to Provide Total Plant Solutions for the 650MW Afam VI Combined-Cycle Plant
  • GE’s MXL2 Upgrade Will Add 30MW Capacity, Equal to Power approximately 200,000 Nigerian homes
  • Deal Will help Improve Availability, Reliability and Reduce Operational Costs of the Facility

Aligning with Nigeria’s energy strategy for the future, GE’s Power Services business (NYSE: GE) (www.GEpower.com) today announced it has signed a Multi- year Service Agreement (MYA) with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) (https://goo.gl/AHKToS) for its 650MW Afam VI combined cycle power plant located in the South-eastern part of the country. Thanks to this agreement, the plant which provides enough electricity equal to power over 3 million Nigerian homes at peak performance, will expect to improve its availability, reliability and output for up to 200,000 Nigerian homes, while decreasing its operational costs. SPDC and its partners in the joint venture it operates, built the plant in a significant contribution to help meet Nigeria’s electricity needs.

“At optimal performance, the Afam VI plant can provide up to 15% of the total national grid-connected electricity, this agreement will ensure we reach this performance objective and deliver much needed power to the national grid, said Dr. Philip Mshelbila, General Manager, Gas of SPDC. “Since its commissioning in 2008, Afam VI Power Plant has delivered more than 25.97 million Megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity into the Nigerian market and won an award by the United Nations for reducing carbon emissions through environment-friendly operations” he added.

The agreement will cover planned maintenance for the three existing GE GT13E2 gas turbines as well as one GE steam turbine. In addition, the order includes GE’s MXL2 upgrades (https://goo.gl/MgJKkh) to help increase the plant capacity by up to 30MW while increasing its efficiency.

“We have a long history of collaboration with Shell Petroleum, which has the largest footprint of all the international oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria, having supported the plant operations on power generation since its inception in 2008” said Elisee Sezan, General manager, GE’s Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa. “With this latest agreement, we are working to bring improved performance and enhanced efficiency to their operations.”