Siemens Energy is to supply three SGT-500 gas turbines, marking the first deliveries of such units to Nigeria.
The customer is Edo Cement, a company belonging to the Nigerian BUA Group. These industrial turbines will be deployed for electric power generation for the Okpella Cement Factory in Okpella, a city located in the Nigerian state of Edo.
Delivery of the turbines is scheduled for spring 2014. Once installation has been completed, the plant will have the capacity to produce 2.5 million tons of cement annually.
In a statement, Siemens said the order represents a breakthrough for the SGT-500 gas turbine, being the first time these turbines have been sold in direct competition with diesel or dual-fuel engines.
"This turbine is currently undergoing a renaissance,” said Dr. Markus Tacke, head of Industrial Power. “Demand in offshore applications for power and heat generation firing heavy fuel oil and heavy crude oil is on the rise. While it is smaller and lighter than diesel engines, it delivers comparable output.”
The SGT-500 industrial gas turbine has a power output range from 15-20 MW. The gas turbine can fire a whole range of different fuels, including crude oil, naphtha, low-calorific value gases and gases with high hydrogen content.