GE and Africa’s leading cement producer Dangote Cement Plc have signed an agreement to deploy GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) digital solution to improve power supply efficiency, enhance plant performance and reduce unplanned downtime at its two cement plants in Obajana and Ibese in Nigeria. The project includes extending the current service agreement for an additional 50 000 operating hours for the seven GE LM6000PC aero-derivative gas turbines installed at the sites. GE’s total plant solutions will improve efficiency and reliability – essential to continuous operations and the plants’ business strategy.

Ravi Sood, Operations Director, Dangote Cement, said, “Power supply is a key input and a major cost in our manufacturing process. Operational performance is crucial to our cement plants’ overall productivity, directly affecting end products. Being at the forefront of cement production in Africa, we believe extending our services agreement with GE and the introduction of digital solutions will allow us to improve efficiencies, anticipate further reductions in unplanned downtime and become more self-sufficient in power production.”

GEs APM digital solution will reduce unplanned downtime

GE’s APM digital solution will improve plant performance and reduce unplanned downtime at Dangote Cement plants in Nigeria.

APM leverages cutting-edge technology to monitor the performance of power generation assets to reduce downtime, avoid turbine damage and remotely predict and resolve issues. APM sensors will be installed on the seven aero-derivative turbines and on their associated generators and gearboxes, to predict and diagnose issues more accurately before they occur.

“Energy infrastructure is getting smarter and digital solutions allow the shift from traditional calendar-based repairs to predictive maintenance as well as increasing power asset availability and reliability,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE’s Gas Power businesses in sub–Saharan Africa. “We are proud to continue our 13-year collaboration with Dangote Cement, to help them support Nigeria and other African countries towards achieving self-reliance and self-sufficiency in some of the world’s basic commodities.”

The agreement underscores GE's commitment to work collaboratively with its customers using the APM software to optimise the performance of customers’assets, increase reliability and availability, minimise costs and reduce operational risks. Earlier this year, GE announced the first digital solutions order in sub-Saharan Africa to upgrade Azito’s gas turbine power plant in Ivory Coast, to improve power plant output, reliability, availability and operational performance. 

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain – from generation to consumption. It operates in more than 180 countries, developing and supplying technologies, software and equipment for power generation and transmission utilities.

Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with operations in 10 African countries, including Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. As a fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer it reported production capacity of up to 45.6 million tonnes per annum (Mta) across Africa at the end of 2017.

For more information visit:  www.GEPower.com

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