A consistent electricity supply is one of the most important markers of economic development across Africa. GE's diverse portfolio of energy solutions is helping to power the continent. In Angola GE has committed to help the country achieve its 2000 MW of electric power generation capacity target by 2016.
The $2 billion will be primarily invested in sustainability initiatives, facility development, and skills training. GE made the announcement in advance of President Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Through partnerships all over the continent, along with cutting-edge technology, GE is poised to help increase access, reliability, and affordability of core infrastructure throughout Africa, which has become the company’s most promising growth region.
On the remote island of Annobon Province, residents are currently accustomed to a maximum of only five hours of power a day. This is set to change, though, as Africa’s first and largest self-sufficient microgrid is being installed on the island. GE is working with MAECI Solar and Princeton Power to install the grid, which will meet 100 percent of the island’s current energy demand.
Powered by 38 GE 1.6 MW turbines, the Kinangop wind farm will be one of the largest windpower generation projects to be built to date in sub-Saharan Africa. Following its commissioning, the 61-MW wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes in the country.
GE has completed the installation of three new TM2500+ gas turbines to ensure that Nigeria’s largest oil refinery has the power it needs to operate at its maximum capacity. Prior to this installation, grid outages had reduced the refinery’s output to 30% of its potential. GE is now working with local engineers to manage the refinery’s turbines.
With a recently-signed agreement with GE's Distributed Power business, IGPES Gas & Power Limited will serve as the new authorized distributor and service provider for GE’s Waukesha gas engines and genuine parts in Nigeria. IGPES Gas & Power is a subsidiary of IGPES Limited, a wholly-owned Nigerian engineering services company, and has an extensive footprint in the growing Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Mobile phone giant MTN just rolled out Africa’s first trigeneration electricity plant. Powered by GE’s Jenbacher engines, the plant is capable of producing electricity, as well as heating and cooling energy—all at the same time. The plant will reduce MTN’s reliance on South Africa’s grid, which is prone to outages.