In addition to supplying equipment for the new Sonelgaz affiliates plants, GE power generation services include new unit spares, technical direction and installation services and training to help increase the performance, flexibility and reliability of operations at the power plants.
“Our latest agreements with Sonelgaz underscore our continuing commitment to supply the best technology and services to assist Algeria in meeting its growing energy needs,” said Steve Bolze, president and CEO, GE Power & Water. “These recent announcements demonstrate GE’s capability to provide proven technology that can address both the immediate need for more power and the long-term energy requirements of a growing economy. In addition, the new GE-Sonelgaz industrial cooperation is further evidence that we are invested in the future of Algeria’s energy infrastructure.”
The new agreements build on more than 40 years of GE experience in Algeria, one of the world’s leading producers of natural gas. It expands an existing relationship between GE and Sonelgaz and its affiliates that includes a nearly $500 million service contract signed by the companies in 2008. That agreement is helping to improve efficiency, output and reliability of 51 gas turbines operating in 13 power plants across Algeria.
Energy demand in Algeria is estimated to be growing at an average annual rate of approximately 14 percent, rising from about 12 GW to 20 GW by 2017. The government is committed to boosting energy capacity through its investments in the power sector.
As Algeria progresses at a fast pace with a focus on infrastructure building, GE is committed to being the country’s growth partner through technology transfer, local jobs and skill training and strengthening operational efficiencies.
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