GE Gas Engines to Power New Anti-Malaria Equipment Plant in Nigeria

Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:52am EDT

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ABUJA, Nigeria--(Business Wire)--
Highlighting the growing demand for distributed power solutions to meet Africa`s
industrial energy demands, GE (NYSE: GE) today announced it will supply three of
its 4-megawatt (MW) Jenbacher J624 gas engines and one of its 2-MW J612 units to
power a newfactory that will produce billions of syringes and intravenous (IV)
drug products that are needed each year to fight against malaria in Africa. 

Clarke Energy-GE`s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in
Nigeria-will install the 14-MW cogeneration plant at the syringe and IV products
factory on behalf of Nigeria-based Integrated Medical Industries Limited (IMIL).
Based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, IMIL is the first company in the West African
sub-region to obtain World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for
auto-disable syringes. IMIL is solely owned by the Rivers State Government in

IMIL, which was established by the Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF), with
the sponsorship and collaboration of the Rivers State Government, recently began
implementing the US$275 million, integrated medical industries project to expand
the availability of needed syringes and IV products. PAHF operates an existing
equipment production facility at the IMIL site. 

IMIL`s new syringe and IV products operation is scheduled to start production in
2014. Each year, the new facility is expected to produce 1 billion syringes, 1
billion hypodermic needles, 105 million sets of IV bags and 90 million liters of
IV solutions, medications and injectables. 

"We selected Clarke Energy and GE`s Jenbacher gas engines following a
comprehensive assessment of technology options. Using gas as a fuel will provide
us significant cost savings compared to diesel. We are confident this will
deliver reliable supplies of power to our production plant using the most
advanced technology," said Amenya Wokoma, executive project director for IMIL. 

Reliable power supplies are essential for smooth operation of the syringe
factory since power interruptions can damage batches of syringes. Demand for
electricity in Nigeria is high, and the national grid has a challenge meeting
this demand. The cogeneration facility, however, will rely on Nigeria`s own
growing gas distribution network to ensure it has a reliable fuel supply. 

IMIL also selected the Jenbacher gas engines to take advantage of lower natural
gas prices compared to diesel fuel, with the additional capital expenditure
typically being paid off between 12 to 18 months. The power plant will be
installed within the manufacturing facility and will operate in island mode to
provide reliable on-site electrical power and heat. 

The new factory comes at a crucial time in Africa`s fight against malaria and
other infectious diseases. According to the WHO, about half the world`s
population is at risk of malaria. People living in poor regions are at most risk
from malaria. In 2010 alone, the WHO reported that 90 percent of all malaria
deaths occurred in the WHO African Region, mostly among children under five
years of age.1

The on-site power plant also will contribute to the Nigerian government`s
ambitious targets to modernize the nation`s electrical generation
infrastructure. The new cogeneration plant will be the first power project in
sub-Saharan Africa to utilize GE`s 24-cylinder J624 gas engines. GE`s J624 is
the world`s first 24-cylinder gas engine and is characterised by high efficiency
and reliable performance. 

"When it comes to deploying the best available distributed power solutions to
the front lines of Africa`s battle against malaria, IMIL recognized that GE`s
J624 technology is ideally suited to ensure it has the power needed to maintain
its production of vital medical equipment," said Karl Wetzlmayer, general
manager of gas engines-GE Power & Water. 

GE is scheduled to deliver the J624 and J612 units in the third quarter of 2013.
Clarke Energy is serving as the single point of contact from initial sale,
project management, engineering, installation through to commissioning, and
long-term maintenance. 

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