UK distributed power provider Clarke Energy has secured a deal to supply GE diesel engines to Flour Mills of Nigeria, the company announced yesterday at the East African Power Industry Convention, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.

Clarke Energy will deliver five of GE’s new 616 diesel engines to the Nigerian manufacturer, the first such order for the power equipment globally.

Low-fuel consumption

With a total output of 12.5 MW, the engines are based on GE’s Jenbacher Type 6 gas engine and GE’s transportation P616 locomotive engine. The engine’s design is characterised by its efficiency and extended maintenance intervals, says Clarke Energy, which result in lower fuel consumption and higher levels of availability.

Cory Nelson, general manager, diesel engines of GE’s Distributed Power business, said: “Our new 616 diesel engine is the first high-speed model for power generation, allowing us to serve customers with a wider reciprocating engine portfolio.

He added: “Flour Mills will benefit from the 616, which couples medium-speed engine fuel economy with the lower costs of high-speed engines and helps customers improve their total life cycle costs.”

Production sites

Two of the units will be used at Flour Mills of Nigeria’s Kano facility in the northern part of the country, where natural gas access is limited and older, less-efficient diesel units have been used in order to maintain power for production. The new GE engines will deliver 5 MW of base load electrical power, with an expected capital payback in less than 12 months on diesel fuel cost savings.

The other three GE engines will be at Flour Mills’ facility in Apapa, Lagos. This site already features 11 of GE’s J620 gas engines, and the diesel units will provide backup power generation capacity in the event of maintenance on the site’s existing power generation equipment or in the event of a gas supply failure.