GE’s Power Services business announced that it signed a multiyear service agreement (MYA ) with Songas to upgrade equipment at Songas’ Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, All Africa reported.
The MYA encompasses GE’s Fleet360 platform of total plant solutions, helping Songas ensure the long-term, reliable operation of its power plant. The upgrades will help Songas increase the efficiency and the plant’s capacity at the Ubungo plant by approximately 10 MW. The power plant provides nearly 25% of the power in Tanzania today, Oil News Kenya reported.
“Songas owns 6 gas turbines, including 4 GE LM6000 gas turbines which it has been operating at Ubungo Power Plant since 2004. Songas and GE have been working together for several years to ensure high performances of these turbines. Songas is very pleased about this new initiative with GE to help increase the efficiency and reliability of the plant throughout the duration of its agreement,”said Managing Director of Songas Ltd, Nigel Whittaker.
Under the terms of the deal, GE will upgrade three of the four LM6000 gas turbines in the fleet from the LM6000PA to the LM 6000PC, expected to increase the output of the units from 38 MW to 43 MW each—and reaching output levels of up to 46 MW with GE’s optional SPRINT technology. The eight year MYA, which also includes maintenance and repair of the gas turbines, will help Songas to increase the efficiency of the Ubungo plant to around 41%, which is approximately a 3% improvement.