Algeria has purchased nine General Electric’s Jenbacher gas engines to provide power for two power plants in the country’s largest industrial conglomerate, which is expected to increase production of household appliances earmarked for both the local market and international export, AllAfrica reported. The power plants will support a household appliance factory in the city of Setif and another factory in the coastal city of Oran.

The order of these engines is considered the largest gas engine order in the North African region for General Electric (GE) and its distributor Clarke Energy, Algeria Times announced.

The J624 Jenbacher gas engines operate in multiple engine power plants for independent power production and have a combined output of 37.6MW.

Business Development Director for Clarke Energy, Ali Hjaiej, said that “with Algeria’s continued industrial expansion, the deployment of high-efficiency distributed generation capacity will play a key role in meeting the country’s increased energy demands”

“This GE technology represents a great solution to maintain excellent performance at high altitudes and also when operating in ‘island’ [off-grid] mode,” he added.