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In East Africa, Tanzania’s milling firm, SAID Salim Bakhresa & Co Limited selects Clarke Energy to supply its operations with natural gas.

According to local media, the milling company explained the decision as efforts to cut down its yearly operating costs at its Azam flour mills.

The power plant will be supplied by Clarke Energy, the GE’s authorised distributor high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

Clarke Energy selected on competency

“We selected GE and Clarke Energy for our site in Dar es Salaam due to the efficiency performance of similar units in Tanzania and availability of their service support in the country,” explained Rajesh Nair, the technical manager at SAID Salim Bakhresa & Co Limited.

Commenting on the development, Clarke Energy’s business development director, Hugh Richmond, said: “Bakhresa is one of the leading industrial houses in Tanzania and this natural gas-fuelled power generation has significant cost and carbon-saving benefits.”

According to local media, there are two gas pipelines constructed in Tanzania to transport gas from the site of production to the site of use. The first pipeline is said to have reached full capacity a few years ago and has supplied a limited number of industries with gas for self-consumption.

But the second gas pipeline said to have recently been completed will result in new supplies of gas being made available to industry.

Gas engine – lower emissions

According to Oluwatoyin Abegunde, sub-Saharan Africa regional leader for GE’s distributed power business, the company’s Jenbacher J612 gas engines have lower emissions and increased efficiency.

The installation for Bakhresa will utilise the newly available gas to generate high-efficiency, reliable power in the form of electricity and heat by use of these gas engines capable of generating 1.82MW of electrical energy.

The plant will be designed as a CHP plant, with heat from the engines being fed into a steam boiler that is able to produce 1,040 kg/h of steam at 6 barg. The power plant will also operate in a grid-synchronous manner.