29 January 2014
Content from our Premium Partner

GE Africa (Lagos)

GE Boosts Distributed Power Efforts with Improved Service Centre in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

press release

Port-Harcourt In furtherance of its strategic drive to significantly improve the local content of its respective businesses in Nigeria, leading global Infrastructure and Technology Company, General Electric (GE) has expanded the offerings of its Technology Service Centre in Port Harcourt Nigeria to include facilities for AERO Derivative Level II maintenance. The Service Centre was originally established to provide repair services for Oil & Gas and power generation equipment but now has added capability for AERO Derivative maintenance.

The technology service centre had previously been established for the repair and servicing of Oil & Gas and Power equipment.

Customers from the aviation and energy sectors who attended the GE customer to showcase the additional service offerings event were taken through intensive training on product operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The customers expressed their delight at the quality of technical support that is now available to them at the GE centre, which will significantly improve their operational efficiency.

Speaking at the event, GE's Distributed Power Leader George Njenga said the GE Technical service facility was built in line with GE's known tradition of excellence. He disclosed that aero derivative and gas turbines can now be effectively serviced and repaired in the facility. For the Oil & Gas sector the facility offers inspection and staging for onshore and offshore equipment, including compressors and pumps. According to Mr Njenga, this capability will be transferred to the planned multi-billion naira manufacturing and assembly plant in Calabar.

George Njenga also spoke on GE solutions to address global Energy challenges. According to him, 1.4 billion people globally are completely cut off from the respective national grids and have no access to any alternative Energy source. GE's Distributed Power business aims at providing solutions that will address this situation. "Distributed Power is power that is generated at or near the point of use. Distributed power will account for 30% of total global electric capacity additions over the next 8 years" said Njenga.

Apart from setting up a dedicated business to provide Distributed Power solutions globally, GE in partnership with USADF recently announced a $2 million Off-Grid energy challenge in Nigeria and Kenya where respective innovators with viable off-grid energy solutions stand a chance of winning up to $100,000. George Njenga declared that the initiative was part of efforts to bring global focus to the Energy challenges across the continent.

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
.

Copyright © 2014 GE Africa. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.