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West African Energy enlisted GE Vernova’s maintenance, monitoring, and supply services for a 300 MW combined-cycle plant.
GE Vernova’s Gas Power business has entered a 25-year service agreement with West African Energy for the maintenance of its 300-MW combined-cycle power plant in Cap de Biches, Dakar, Senegal. In addition to maintenance services, GE Vernova will offer predictive analytics capabilities through its digital business’ asset performance management (APM) software. The program will monitor and record data for assets within the power island, such as gas turbines and generators. Per the contract, GE Vernova will supply parts, repairs, field services, and predictive maintenance for two 9E.03 gas turbines and accessory equipment.
“We are pleased that West African Energy awarded us the agreement to help ensure they meet their energy production and capacity supply goals, while supporting the Senegalese Government’s target to increase its generation capacity with a greater utilization of natural gas and renewables,” said Kenneth Oyakhire, Services Managing Director of GE Vernova’s Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Reliability and efficiency are important elements of power plant operations, and this service agreement highlights technology and regional services capabilities to help ensure the power plant’s long-term reliability.”
The Cap de Biches project received a portfolio of GE Vernova equipment prior to the service agreement: two 9E.03 gas turbines, one STF-A200 steam turbine, three A39 generators, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), and balance of plant equipment. GE Vernova’s contracted maintenance offers replacement components and advanced planning for outages, ensuring available energy for Senegal’s grid.
APM conducts predictive analytics through GE Vernova’s APM Reliability application, recording censor data to identify and diagnose equipment malfunction prior to its occurrence. Artificial intelligence that is supported by digital twins can reduce Senegal’s operating costs and unscheduled down time by executing a predictive approach.
The Cap de Biches power plant is slated to generate more than 25% of the power it consumes, providing available electricity for up to 500,000 Senegalese homes. GE Vernova is expected to begin its service contract in 2024.