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Tanzania: Songas’ Ubungo Power Plant upgrades equipment

Songas and GE’s Power Services business, recently signed a multiyear service agreement to upgrade equipment at Songas’ Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

According to a company statement, the agreement “encompasses GE’s fleet 360 platform of total plant solutions, helping Songas ensure the long-term, reliable operation of its power plant.”

Equipment upgrade

The upgrades are to help Songas increase the efficiency and the plant’s capacity at the Ubungo plant by approximately 10MW.

At present, the power plant provides nearly 25% of the power in the country. Read more…

Songas’ managing director, Nigel Whittaker, commented: “Songas owns six gas turbines, including four GE LM6000 gas turbines, which it has been operating at Ubungo Power Plant since 2004.”

“Songas and GE have been working together for several years to ensure high performances of these turbines,” Whittaker added.

Under the terms of the deal, the global power solutions company will upgrade three of the four LM6000 gas turbines in the fleet from the LM 6000PA to the LM 6000PC, expected to increase the output of the units from 38MW to 43MW each and reaching output levels of up to 46MW with GE’s optional SPRINT technology.

Songas’ Ubungo Power Plant capacity

According to the release, the eight-year treaty, which also includes maintenance and repairs of the gas turbines, will help Songas to increase the efficiency of the Ubungo plant to around 41% (approximately a 3% improvement).

“As the government of Tanzania continues to pursue the expansion of generation capacity and extend the capability of its power grid, upgrading existing power plants to improve operation and efficiency is a must,” general manager of GE Power Services for sub-Saharan Africa, Elisee Sezan, said.

“With this deal, we will help to better position the Ubungo plant to provide reliable, efficient power for the foreseeable future.”

Aeroderivative gas turbines provide the ability to frequently and rapidly ramp up to meet load and demand fluctuations, a concern for power grids that rely heavily on renewable generation, the press statement explained.

They are also reported to offer the reliability and flexibility needed to bring power to people around the globe that otherwise may not be able to access it.

“This project, the latest in our 13-year history with Songas, demonstrates our commitment to working with customers to bring power to more people and to help improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity throughout Africa,” Sezan stated.


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