COTE D’IVORE – American multinational conglomerate, General Electric (GE) has been Selected to provide generation equipment for Azito’s Phase IV Extension Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Côte d’Ivoire.

The American conglomerate which was ranked among the Fortune 500 as the 18th-largest firm in the U.S. by gross revenue also got a 20-Year maintenance service contract from the proprietors of the Azito Power Project.

Once Phase IV Extension is Complete, the power plant is expected to generate approximately 710 Megawatts (MW), representing 30% of power in Côte d’Ivoire, a statement from GE said.

GE also announced that it has been selected by Azito Energie S.A. to provide gas turbine technology and services for Azito phase IV power plant, located in the Yopougon district of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire.

According to the statement by GE, the extension of the power plant will generate 253 megawatts (MW) and will play a significant role in supporting the country’s energy plan.

“Azito phase IV power plant,  will also be one of the most efficient power plants in the region and will serve as a model for the development of similar power projects in Africa”, said Luc Aye, Managing Director, Azito Energie S.A.

“Providing reliable and sustainable power is a priority for us. Our plant makes use of Côte d’Ivoire’s supplies of natural gas and with this expansion we will continue to contribute significantly to country’s energy security and stability,” added Luc Aye.

GE’s GT13E2 gas turbine which will be supplied to the power plant offers industry leading efficiency in the E-class segment.

The gas turbines deliver power and performance while offering a flexible extended maintenance concept that reduces operating costs while saving fuel.

“GE has been committed to the development of Côte d’Ivoire’s power sector and plays a critical role in laying the foundational infrastructure needed to build a modern economy,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE’s Gas Power business in sub–Saharan Africa.

 “We are honored to continue to support Azito Energie, with our offering of full range of local capabilities, expertise and unique power generation solutions”.

Since 1999, GE has provided maintenance services at Azito power plant, with the first combined cycle power plant connected to the grid in 2015.

Earlier this year, GE announced the successful execution of GE’s MXL2 upgrade solution for the GT13E2 gas turbines at Azito III site, as part of a contract which will increase the power plant’s production by 30MW, equivalent power for up to 24,000 homes.