Three Waukesha 275GL Enginators were commissioned at the LFZ. Pic credit: GE
Three Waukesha 275GL Enginators were commissioned at the LFZ. Pic credit: GE

In West Africa, the Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) located near Nigeria’s largest city Lagos, received 12MW of uninterrupted power supply to its first phase through the commissioning of four General Electric (GE) Waukesha gas Enginators.

Omodele Doherty, AGM—Business Development of the LFZ said: “The future of the Lekki Trade Zone is essential to Nigeria’s growth as West Africa’s economic driver.

“We cannot accomplish our expansion goals without a reliable source of continuous power, which is why we turned to GE’s Waukesha technology as a solution.”

Headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business, a provider of power equipment, engines and services made the announcement on Wednesday adding that this project is “the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa”.

Enginator technology

The commissioning of the first phase includes three Waukesha 275GL+ and one VHP 7104GSI gas Enginators.

GE claims that the “engines’ wide fuel flexibility and ability to run on compressed natural gas and propane provides operators with a cost-effective alternative to other fuels as well the ability to meet the zone’s strict environmental guidelines regarding exhaust emissions.”

The four Enginators were procured from GE and supplied a Hong Kong-based distributor of GE’s Waukesha gas engines China Diesel Support Services.

About the Lekki Free Zone

The Lekki Free Zone is a joint venture between the Lagos State Government and the Chinese consortium CCECC-Beyond International Investment & Development Co.

According to a statement released by GE, phase one of the project’s “electrical power needs and requirements at full occupancy is envisaged to expand to an estimated 540MW gross capacity, as the LFZ quickly develops into one of the largest free-trade commercial, logistics and manufacturing hubs in West Africa.

“Development in the LFZ is supported by investment incentives from the Lagos State government and further growth is expected as the area becomes an increasingly important global distribution centre.”

George Njenga, sub-Saharan region leader for GE’s Distributed Power business commented: “The Lekki Free Zone is a landmark development that will further consolidate Nigeria as a leading investment destination in Africa.”

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