GE Gas Engines to Power New Anti-Malaria Equipment Plant in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria -- April 16, 2013
Highlighting the growing demand for distributed power solutions to meet
Africa’s industrial energy demands, GE (NYSE: GE) today announced it will
supply three of its 4-megawatt (MW) Jenbacher J624 gas engines and one of its
2-MW J612 units to power a new factory that will produce billions of syringes
and intravenous (IV) drug products that are needed each year to fight against
malaria in Africa.
Clarke Energy—GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in
Nigeria—will install the 14-MW cogeneration plant at the syringe and IV
products factory on behalf of Nigeria-based Integrated Medical Industries
Limited (IMIL). Based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, IMIL is the first company in
the West African sub-region to obtain World Health Organization (WHO)
pre-qualification for auto-disable syringes. IMIL is solely owned by the
Rivers State Government in Nigeria.
IMIL, which was established by the Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF), with
the sponsorship and collaboration of the Rivers State Government, recently
began implementing the US$275 million, integrated medical industries project
to expand the availability of needed syringes and IV products. PAHF operates
an existing equipment production facility at the IMIL site.
IMIL’s new syringe and IV products operation is scheduled to start production
in 2014. Each year, the new facility is expected to produce 1 billion
syringes, 1 billion hypodermic needles, 105 million sets of IV bags and 90
million liters of IV solutions, medications and injectables.
“We selected Clarke Energy and GE’s Jenbacher gas engines following a
comprehensive assessment of technology options. Using gas as a fuel will
provide us significant cost savings compared to diesel. We are confident this
will deliver reliable supplies of power to our production plant using the most
advanced technology,” said Amenya Wokoma, executive project director for IMIL.
Reliable power supplies are essential for smooth operation of the syringe
factory since power interruptions can damage batches of syringes. Demand for
electricity in Nigeria is high, and the national grid has a challenge meeting
this demand. The cogeneration facility, however, will rely on Nigeria’s own
growing gas distribution network to ensure it has a reliable fuel supply.
IMIL also selected the Jenbacher gas engines to take advantage of lower
natural gas prices compared to diesel fuel, with the additional capital
expenditure typically being paid off between 12 to 18 months. The power plant
will be installed within the manufacturing facility and will operate in island
mode to provide reliable on-site electrical power and heat.
The new factory comes at a crucial time in Africa’s fight against malaria and
other infectious diseases. According to the WHO, about half the world’s
population is at risk of malaria. People living in poor regions are at most
risk from malaria. In 2010 alone, the WHO reported that 90 percent of all
malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African Region, mostly among children under
five years of age.^1
The on-site power plant also will contribute to the Nigerian government’s
ambitious targets to modernize the nation’s electrical generation
infrastructure. The new cogeneration plant will be the first power project in
sub-Saharan Africa to utilize GE’s 24-cylinder J624 gas engines. GE’s J624 is
the world’s first 24-cylinder gas engine and is characterised by high
efficiency and reliable performance.
“When it comes to deploying the best available distributed power solutions to
the front lines of Africa’s battle against malaria, IMIL recognized that GE’s
J624 technology is ideally suited to ensure it has the power needed to
maintain its production of vital medical equipment,” said Karl Wetzlmayer,
general manager of gas engines—GE Power & Water.
GE is scheduled to deliver the J624 and J612 units in the third quarter of
2013. Clarke Energy is serving as the single point of contact from initial
sale, project management, engineering, installation through to commissioning,
and long-term maintenance.
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^1 WHO 2012
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