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GE’s Power Services business has signed an agreement to service power generation equipment in 11 power plants owned by Petrobras, Brazil’s majority state-owned oil company. Valued at more than $300 million, the deal represents GE’s largest transactional power generation services agreement in Latin America. The fleet under the contract represents approximately 80 percent of the Petrobras total installed fleet and generates 4.3 gigawatts (GW) of energy, equivalent to the residential power consumption of 57 million Brazilians.
As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the assets, GE’s expertise on gas turbine engineering, operational profiles and technology solutions were key attributes to the successful deal. GE's Fleet 360 platform of total plant services solutions will help Petrobras ensure reliable, long-term execution of the scheduled outages of its 11 power plants throughout the country while significantly cutting maintenance costs.
Scott Strazik, president and CEO of GE’s Power Service business, said: “This project highlights how we can tailor the right services solutions to cut Petrobras’ operational and maintenance cost by up to 25 percent and provide support for the next four years.”
The four-year agreement signed in December 2017 includes inspections, parts and repairs for 20 of GE’s heavy-duty gas turbines (four 6FA, six 7FA, 10 GT11N2), 23 of GE’s LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines, three GE steam turbines and 13 GE generators, which Petrobras has been operating at the 11 power plants since 2001.
GE is also working with CELSE (Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A.) on a turnkey combined-cycle plant project being built in Barra dos Coqueiros in the state of Sergipe. The project will include three of GE’s industry-leading 7HA heavy-duty gas turbines, as well as steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator and transmission technology. GE also will provide operations, maintenance, repairs and digital solutions for the 1,516-megawatt combined-cycle power plant.
“GE continues to help our customers find ways to remain competitive in today’s ever-evolving energy landscape,” said Daniel Meniuk, GE’s region general manager for Brazil. “We’ve contributed in a more assertive and robust way to the development, diversification and efficiency of the Brazilian energy matrix. Today, GE’s equipment is responsible for more than 33 percent of all energy produced in the country, exceeding 47 GW.”
GE has had a long-standing presence in Brazil for 98 years. Today, there are more than 12,000 GE employees in the country working throughout all GE industrial businesses, including 28 production and services sites.