GE Vernova’s Gas Power business has signed a 25-year service agreement with West African Energy for the latter’s 300 MW combined cycle power project in Cap des Biches, Dakar, Senegal. The project is expected to generate more than 25% of the power consumed, equivalent to electricity required to power up to 500,000 homes in the region.
The plant is expected to start operating in phases in 2024.
The agreement will include the supply of parts, repairs, field services, and advanced predictive maintenance for the two GE Vernova 9E.03 gas turbines and accessory equipment. It will also help meet increasing energy demands in Senegal by ensuring the long-term availability and reliability of the power plant’s gas turbines.
“We awarded GE Vernova the service agreement because they have the technology expertise and proven gas turbine services track record to help make sure that our power plant operates at the highest levels of reliability,” said Samuel Sarr, CEO of West African Energy. “We expect that the services and digital technologies provided by the GE Vernova team will help us to increase efficiency and improve performance, which is crucial in powering Senegal reliably.”
Additionally, GE Vernova will also provide its digital business’ Asset Performance Management (APM) software in the cloud to promote the use of predictive analytics across the power island (gas turbines and generators).
In the cloud, APM uses advanced predictive analytics from the company’s APM Reliability application to ingest sensor data for detecting and diagnosing equipment problems before they occur. Senegal can increase asset reliability and availability with the help of artificial intelligence/machine learning-backed Digital Twins with built-in expertise, thereby reducing operations and maintenance costs.
Previously, GE Vernova was awarded the contract to supply two 9E.03 gas turbines, one STF-A200 steam turbine, three A39 generators, two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG), and an additional balance of plant equipment as part of the project scope. GE Vernova has long-term agreements at more than 1,000 sites worldwide, with over 1,000,000 MW installed in more than 120 countries.