Digital Transformation: More Data, Better Performance at Two Algerian Power Plants
Fitness trackers help athletes improve performance thanks to their ability to provide a level of information and detail that was previously unavailable. It’s the same for industrial equipment and systems: more information means better performance.
That’s why Algerian power operator SPE (Sonelgaz subsidiary) is implementing a digital transformation to its Boufarik and Hassi R’mel power plants with the support of GE and GEAT (General Electric Algeria Turbines, a joint venture between GE and Sonelgaz). Most recently, this involved installing of a suite of digital industrial solutions at two large plants.
As a result, operators will be able to look – in real time — deep into the performance of these plants through key indicators such as availability, heat rate, total output and fuel consumption.
This information will help them operate the plants more efficiently, improve productivity, availability, and reduce operating costs including the fuel bill (gas and fuel).
The new digital applications include Operations Performance Management, Asset Performance Management and other software built on GE’s industrial application development platform Predix.
Both power plants began commercial operations in 2016 and generate a total of up to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of electricity,
These upgrades complement the establishment bySPE, GE and GEAT of a monitoring and diagnostic center in Algeria that receives real-time data from up to 10,000 physical and virtual sensors across 10 power plants, including Boufarik and Hassi R’Mel.
The Center is currently being operated by SPE reliability engineers trained by GE, who are tasked with monitoring the SPE power fleet in real time.
Another example of GE’s support to SPE’s digital transformation was the development of training program based on SPE’s specific requirements that brought together a group of skilled trainers from around the world to deliver an intensive four-week program in Algiers.
The training included up to 25 SPE staff, including plant operators, engineers, managers and executives, who gained insights on how best to use the digital industrial applications deployed at the power plants to increase site productivity.
Read more stories here about how GE is helping deliver improved power generating solutions to customers across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.