Welcome!

News Feed Item

GE and Sonelgaz Affiliate, SPE, Sign Contracts Valued at $2.7 Billion to Help Power Algeria

Marking some of its largest power agreements in company history, GE (NYSE:GE) today announced three contracts totaling approximately $2.7 billion with SPE, an affiliate of Sonelgaz—Algeria’s national electricity and gas company. GE is to supply proven and reliable heavy-duty gas turbine combined-cycle and aeroderivative gas turbine technology for nine power plants. The addition of nearly 9 gigawatts (GW) of electricity will help strengthen Algeria’s power sector to help meet the growing requirements of the country.

The three agreements include six new combined-cycle power plants that will ultimately increase Algeria’s generating capacity by 70 percent adding more than 8 GW of electricity; two fast-track projects that add 528 megawatts (MW) of capacity for this summer’s peak demand; and a new simple-cycle power plant to add 370 MW to Algeria’s electricity grid.

“These contracts are undoubtedly the most important acquisitions of SPE in the history of power generation in Algeria. This will create a wealth-generating vision that goes beyond a simple power plant construction agreement,” said Nabil Kafi, CEO of SPE. “This contract is an important step in realizing Sonelgaz’s strategy which involves the implementation of a series of industrial partnerships predicated on the use of local resources.”

Contract for Six New Power Plants; Planned JV for Production Facility

Under the first agreement, GE has signed a $1.9 billion contract with Société Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité (SPE Spa), part of the Sonelgaz Group, to provide power generation equipment and services for six new combined-cycle power plants. Together the plants will produce more than 8 GW of electricity generating enough power to help meet the equivalent of 8 million Algerian households, increasing the country’s energy capacity by nearly 70 percent.

For the six new combined-cycle power plants, GE is supplying the proven and reliable 9F 3-series gas turbines with more than 200 installed worldwide and more than 12 million operating hours. Using natural gas from local Algerian gas fields, the turbines will be equipped with GE’s latest Dry Low NOx (DLN) dual-fuel combustion technology to reduce emissions, extend maintenance intervals and enable the Sonelgaz power plants to operate with greater flexibility. The 9F-3 gas turbines will be manufactured at GE’s Greenville, S.C., facility, while the steam turbines and generators will be built in Schenectady, N.Y., for shipment to Algeria. Advanced technology gas turbines are one of the largest sources of cleaner energy exported from the U.S.

The nine Sonelgaz power plants receiving the GE technology are located in northern Algeria and will begin simple-cycle duty in 2015 and combined-cycle operation in 2017.

Additionally, GE announced the plan for a long-term joint venture with Sonelgaz for the development of a new production facility in Algeria that will eventually produce more than 2 GW of power generation equipment per year. The equipment will cater to the needs of future power plants demonstrating GE’s commitment to localization, knowledge transfer and development of the Algerian workforce. The new facility is expected to create, in due course, nearly 400 local skilled jobs and potentially more than 600 additional indirect jobs within the local supply chain.

Aeroderivative Gas Turbines Meet Fast Track Projects

For the second agreement, GE delivered within six months its advanced aeroderivative gas turbines to support Algeria in meeting its 2013 summer peak electricity demand. This followed the contract signed earlier by a consortium of GE and Power Projects Company, an affiliate of METKA, with Société Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité (SPE Spa), an affiliate of Sonelgaz, in October 2012 for nearly $800 million to supply 24 trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines and services for two “fast-track” projects in northern Algeria, to produce more than 528 MW of power. METKA is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor in charge of the mobile balance of plant for the projects.

This agreement marked one of the largest orders ever received for GE’s aeroderivative technology, which delivers fast, flexible and reliable power anywhere, anytime. To date, 16 units are available to generate 352 MW of power for the provinces of Oum el Bouaghi (F’Krina) and M’Sila with an additional eight units and 176 MW of power generation scheduled to join the grid by the in 2013.

Contract for New Simple-Cycle Power Plant; Power Generation Services agreements

Under the third agreement, GE has received an order for more than $150 million to supply power generation equipment to Société Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité (SPE Spa), part of the Sonelgaz Group, for the Hassi R’mel simple-cycle gas turbine plant. The new plant will add approximately 370 MW of power for Algeria’s electricity grid.

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.

About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

About GE Power & Water

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power; Nuclear Energy; Power Generation Products; Power Generation Services; Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

Follow GE Power & Water on Twitter @GE_PowerWater.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
Join us at Cloud Expo June 6-8 to find out how to securely connect your cloud app to any cloud or on-premises data source – without complex firewall changes. More users are demanding access to on-premises data from their cloud applications. It’s no longer a “nice-to-have” but an important differentiator that drives competitive advantages. It’s the new “must have” in the hybrid era. Users want capabilities that give them a unified view of the data to get closer to customers and grow business. The...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business...
SYS-CON Events announced today that GrapeUp, the leading provider of rapid product development at the speed of business, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market acr...
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ayehu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. Ayehu provides IT Process Automation & Orchestration solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication, and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infras...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, pane...
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...