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Bakhresa Foods’ Azam Flour Mill Selects Clarke Energy to Supply GE’s Gas Engines CHP Plant in Tanzania


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DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA -- Clarke Energy and GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) today announced that Clarke Energy, GE’s authorised distributor of Jenbacher gas engines, is supplying one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd (Bakhresa) for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which will support the Azam flour mill in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The deployment of this high-efficiency, gas-fuelled CHP plant will help Bakhresa reduce its yearly operating costs.

“We selected GE and Clarke Energy for our site in Dar es Salaam due to the efficiency performance of similar units in Tanzania and their service support available in the country,” said Mr. Rajesh Nair, technical manager, Said Salim Bakhresa & Co ltd

Tanzania has large domestic reserves of gas that are located in coastal waters off the southern part of the country. There have been two gas pipelines constructed in Tanzania to transport that gas from the site of production to the site of use. The first pipeline reached full capacity a number of years ago and supplied a limited number of industries with gas for self-consumption. The second gas pipeline has just been completed resulting in new supplies of gas being made available to industry.

“Bakhresa is one of the leading industrial houses in Tanzania, and this natural gas-fuelled power generation has significant cost- and carbon-saving benefits,” said Hugh Richmond, business development director, Clarke Energy. “As Clarke Energy’s first project in Tanzania, it will help reduce the factory’s operational costs and, in parallel, deliver reliable power.”

This installation for Bakhresa will utilise the newly available gas to generate high-efficiency, reliable power in the form of electricity and heat. Clarke Energy will provide one of GE’s Jenbacher J612 gas engines capable of generating 1.82 megawatts (MW) of electrical energy. The plant will be configured as a CHP plant, with heat from the engines being fed into a steam boiler that is able to produce 1,040 kilograms per hour of steam at 6 barg. The power plant also will operate in a grid-synchronous manner. Clarke Energy is delivering an integrated solution for the CHP plant. This will incorporate both mechanical and electrical installation works along with grid connection support for the 33-kilovolt link.

“GE’s Jenbacher J612 gas engine features lower emissions and increased efficiency,” said Oluwatoyin Abegunde, sub-Sahara Africa regional leader for GE’s Distributed Power business. “By combining our proven technology and Clarke Energy’s expertise, we are able to provide a highly reliable, cost-effective solution for Bakhresa’s new CHP plant and support the growth of Tanzania’s industrial base.”

Bakhresa Group, one of the leading Industrial Houses in Tanzania, East Africa, started in the 1970s. The group has now emerged as one of the prominent family owned business group in the region with its operations spread in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. There are several companies under its umbrella, and it has investments primarily in the food and beverage sector, packaging, logistics, marine passenger services, petroleum and entertainment.

About Clarke Energy

Clarke Energy is a leader in the engineering design, installation and long term maintenance of gas and diesel engine-based power plants. The company is authorized sales and service provider for GE’s reciprocating engines in 17 countries. The company provides added value through engineering, installation and maintenance of facilities. Clarke Energy employs over 1000 staff and has over 5,000MW of Jenbacher generation equipment operating in its operational areas.

Clarke Energy has been operating in Tanzania since 2013 when GE selected the company as its official sales and service provider in the country. There are a number of Jenbacher engines installed in the country for important industries such as Kioo Glass, TCC, Tanesco and for the new gas pipeline.

About GE’s Distributed Power business

GE’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW each of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 36,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics—anywhere and anytime. Backed by our authorized service providers in more than 170 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with you locally for rapid response to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

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About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

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