General Electric has headed a trade event in Cairo this week showcasing its new distributed power solutions suited for diversified energy sources as the country’s power industry still reels from its largest national blackout in years.

At a trade conference and exhibition in the capital, GE highlighted its solutions for non-traditional sources of power generation such as landfill and renewables.

Sofiane Ben Tounes, president and chief executive officer at GE, North East Africa, said: “With electricity consumption in the country growing at an average of 7 per cent annually, GE’s Distributed Power solutions enable our partners to generate efficient power at the point of use, and will be a game changer for the industry.

“The aeroderivative gas turbines, Jenbacher gas engines and Waukesha gas engines, which can generate power from 100 kW to 100 MW, are suited to tap alternative sources including landfill and other renewable sources.”

Keeping Egypt’s power on

In Egypt, more than 86 advanced GE gas turbines support Egypt’s energy sector and electricity needs.

GE recently delivered six advanced 9FA-technology gas turbines and services to support the expansion of the Giza North and Banha power plants, whereby two more gas turbines will be installed at Giza North in 2015.

The expansions will add a total of 3,000 MW to the country’s power grid. GE’s advanced technologies also enhance the operational efficiency of the Cairo North, Kuraymat and Demietta power plants.

Investing in Africa

In another key partnership, GE has signed an agreement to support Egyptian petrochemical company Carbon Holdings in Egypt on a US$5 billion naphtha cracker plant in Ain Sokhna.

Featuring a power, water desalination and water treatment plant, the complex will employ combined cycle technology to generate 300 MW of power. The water desalination plant, working on reverse osmosis filtration technology, has a generation capacity of 3,800 cubic meters per hour.

GE will deliver an integrated solutions package featuring technologies and equity to the Carbon Holding project, one of the world’s largest petrochemical undertakings, as part of a US$500 million agreement.

This is part of the US$2 billion investment announced by GE in facility development, skills training and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018.