Azito Energie has selected GE to provide gas turbine technology and services for its Azito phase IV combined-cycle power plant in the Yopougon district of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire.
Under the contract, GE will supply its GT13E2 gas turbine in combined-cycle configuration, one heat recovery steam generator, one steam turbine generator, condenser and associated systems and maintenance services for 20 years.
The extension will generate 253MW and will play a significant role in supporting the country’s energy plan. Once Phase IV extension is complete, the power plant is expected to generate approximately 710MW, representing 30% of power in Côte d’Ivoire.
“We have a long-standing relationship with GE and are thrilled that the Azito phase IV power plant will also be one of the most efficient power plants in the region and will serve as a model for the development of similar power projects in Africa,” said Luc Aye, the managing director of Azito Energie.
He continued: “Providing reliable and sustainable power is a priority for us. Our plant makes use of Côte d’Ivoire’s supplies of natural gas and with this expansion we will continue to contribute significantly to country’s energy security and stability.”
Combined-cycle power plant continues to deliver
According to GE, the GT13E2 gas turbine offers industry-leading efficiency in the E-class segment.
“GE has been committed to the development of Côte d’Ivoire’s power sector and plays a critical role in laying the foundational infrastructure needed to build a modern economy,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE’s Gas Power business in sub–Saharan Africa.
“We are honoured to continue to support Azito Energie, with our offering of full range of local capabilities, expertise and unique power generation solutions,” he said.
Since 1999, GE has provided maintenance services at Azito power plant, with the first combined-cycle power plant connected to the grid in 2015.
Earlier this year, GE successfully executed its MXL2 upgrade of gas turbines at the Azito III site. This formed part of a contract to increase the power plant’s production by 30MW, equivalent power for up to 24,000 homes.