At the cusp of an energy renaissance, Africa is the final frontier for developing sustainable and efficient power generation infrastructure.
A solid relationship between technology suppliers, EPCs and power producers are essential to success.
Siemens, a global technology leader in electrification is set to introduce its new leading fast track power plant solution into the Ghanaian market.
The new solution, the SGT-A45 TR, a mobile unit which addresses the growing market for fast power and developed by siemens is being introduce first into the Ghanaian market.
Speaking to the B&FT at the sidelines of a workshop for stakeholders in Accra, the Senior Vice President Power & Gas Sub-Saharan Africa Andreas Pistauer confirmed that the new mobile power plant is â€œbetter than anything else on the market.
He explained that Siemens is at the heart of Africa’s energy future, with advanced technology proven locally and internationally, hence the introduction of the new technology.
“We have the leading fast track power plant solution, our new SGT-A45 TR is a mobile unit that can be installed in two weeks and its better than anything else on the market. It’s a brand-new technology which we are introducing on the Ghanaian market. But we also have the E-class and the F-class as gas turbines that can bring up a very efficient generation.
When it comes to the type of power generations and its cost and the cost of electricity in the country. The choice of technology can make a huge difference, as it can bring down the cost. Currently many contracts are beyond the 16 cents per kilowatts hour, that can be brought down using the right technology.”
“So, we think we have excellent technology which will want to implement locally here in Ghana and we have the set up to respond to challenges from the client twenty-four seven as we ensure that these projects run with reliability and ability,” he added.
A statement copied to the B&FT explained that the SGT-A45 TR mobile unit addresses the growing market for fast power as the aero-derivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment and particularly beneficial for customers with urgent power needs or in regions with developing infrastructure.
Siemens has been known in Ghana over the years for its strong participation within the telecommunications industry either than the energy sector.
But the company which globally is known for being one of the major players in electronification hopes to bring technology to bear on the power generation, transmission and distribution in Ghana to cut down the loses or cut cost even for the customers or final consumer.
“We want to bring our technology and provide the alternative as a very large technology company without over 300,000 employees. We cover everything in terms of electrification, from generation to transmission through to distribution with automation that will make the plants efficient and effective.
Our technology is great, it’s very good and reliable and we have been the leaders in this area and we think that we can bring a much more competition to the table which at the end will benefit Ghana. And also, when we go into a project we ensure that the execution is successful,” Mr. Pistauer said.
“In order to improve the services to Ghana, for a particular reason if you look at the past, power generation is one of the fundamentals for economic growth. Every modern economy needs electricity in order to grow and so there is a tremendous need for Ghana to improve the power generation in the country to supply the twenty-four seven without fail the power. We want to support Ghana to achieve that.”
At the workshop, four separate technical tracks were hosted on a rotating cycle to provide guests with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of Siemens power generation technologies, capabilities and services by directly interacting with business unit specialists.
Notably, Dresser-Rand a Siemens owned business recently secured an additional order from Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Limited to supply the third compressor train for their onshore gas receiving facility in Ghana.
Gas will be processed and transported via a dedicated pipeline to the onshore gas receiving facilities and will then be compressed and injected into the Western Corridor Gas Pipeline for transport to industrial customers in Ghana.
The project is of strategic importance for the country because the equipment will feed the domestic grid and will account for approximately 80% of its capacity. Operation and gas supply for the first two trains is scheduled to begin in early 2018.