General Electric, GE, has entered into an agreement with a Nigerian firm, Integrated Medical Industries Limited, IMIL, to supply the local syringe and intravenous manufacturer with four gas engines having a combined capacity of generating 14 megawatts of electricity.
According to a statement by GE, it will supply three of its four-megawatt (MW) Jenbacher J624 gas engines and one of its two megawatts J612 units to power the new factory, solely owned by the Rivers State Government that is expected to produce billions of syringes and intravenous (IV) drug products that are needed each year in the fight against malaria in Africa.
The company said the gas engines are scheduled to be delivered by the third quarter of 2013, adding that Clarke Energy, its authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in Nigeria will be serving as the single point of contact from initial sale, project management, engineering, installation through to commissioning and long-term maintenance.
Karl Wetzlmayer, General Manager of Gas Engines—GE Power & Water, said, “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.”
GE said the on-site power plant will also contribute to Nigeria’s targets to modernize the country’s electrical generation infrastructure.
According to the company, the new cogeneration plant will be the first power project in sub-Saharan Africa to utilize GE’s 24-cylinder J624 gas engines, noting that the J624 is the world’s first 24-cylinder gas engine and is characterised by high efficiency and reliable performance.