GE’s Distributed Power business is helping Algeria a with its growing power demands. The company will address its peak power demands and strengthen local grid reliability by supplying Sonelgaz with a fleet of eight TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine-generators on an expedited basis. The eight units are scheduled to begin commercial operation in August.
The TM2500+ units are being installed in multiple locations near existing electrical substations. They can operate on either gas or liquid fuel and will supply electricity to support peak demands and to increase grid reliability. The contract also includes related services, which GE will supply in combination with partner Power Projects Limited, the Turkish subsidiary of METKA S.A.
GE’s Distributed Power orders are the latest in a series of contracts GE has received to help expand Algeria’s domestic power generation capacity. In September 2013 the company announced several contracts with Sonelgaz valued at a total of $2.7 billion for combined-cycle gas power plant equipment and TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines. The two companies also announced a JV to build a new gas and steam turbine production facility in Algeria that will eventually produce more than 2 GW of power generation equipment annually.