From Fertilizer to Digital-Industrial Apps: Engro and GE Enter New Collaborative Agreement
A collaboration that began with a fertilizer plant in Pakistan has today extended to include the most advanced software applications to help big industry monitor equipment health, reduce downtime, improve reliability and ultimately obtain a holistic view of the impact of operational decisions.
Engro will accelerate its transformation into a digital-industrial powerhouse by selling GE solutions and becoming a system integrator of GE Power’s digital solutions to the power generation industry. Engro and GE will also jointly develop new software applications on GE’s Predix* platform for the Industrial Internet to address industries not currently served by GE in which Engro has deep domain expertise, including petrochemicals, fertilizers, and food processing. GE will provide tools and training to accelerate the development of these Predix-based applications.
Highlighting the significance of the alliance Khalid Subhani, President Engro Corporation said, “Engro has been a growth locomotive for the Pakistani economy for over 50 years. We remain at the forefront of investing in and implementing cutting edge technologies to help develop the capacity and capability of the industries in which we operate. Through this unique collaboration with GE we intend to further the digitization process in industry and make it more competitive.”
The strategic nature of the GE-Engro agreement is just another chapter in the longstanding relationship between the two companies.
As far back as 1968 GE provided Frame 5 gas turbines, steam turbines, centrifugal compressors and pumps as part of a project to develop one of the country’s first fertilizer facilities. Today the plant, owned by Engro Fertilizers Limited, is the world’s largest single-train urea complex.
Since that first project, the cooperation between GE and Engro has continued to grow. In the field of food manufacturing, Engro Foods Limited’s facilities process dairy products, fruit juices and ice cream for more than 12 million people every day. Their factory in Sahiwal uses GE Energy Connections’ VR-1 Single Phase Step Voltage Regulators to help improve the reliability of operations by minimizing subnormal voltage and line losses, and reducing associated costs.
In the energy sector, GE works with Engro Powergen, where it has provided a 9E gas turbine to Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited, a 217-MW independent power project and the only “green-energy” facility of its kind in the country. The plant uses sour gas that previously had been flared.
In addition, GE and Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited signed a 10-year agreement under which GE is providing Industrial Internet solutions that combine big data from across the plant with advanced analytics to help operators improve plant reliability and availability.
Also in the power sector, the two companies recently announced that GE Power’s Steam Power Systems unit will supply two circulating fluidized bed (CFB) 330 megawatt (MW) boilers for the upcoming Thar Block II Power Plant, a joint venture that includes Engro Powergen as one of the partners. This will be the first time that local supplies of difficult to use high moisture Thar lignite coal will be employed for power generation purposes in the country, contributing to diversifying the energy mix and enhancing self-sufficiency in energy production.
This nearly 50-year collaboration is so strong that GE and Engro are collaborating on Engro’s first international investment – an 82 MW distributed power project that includes three GE trailer-mounted, TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that will generate uninterrupted power at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s state oil refinery at Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
With this latest digital-industrial collaboration, Engro will open up a new line of business working together with GE.
GE has contributed to Pakistan’s development by supporting customers in the public and private sectors across power, oil and gas, healthcare, transportation and aviation for more than 50 years.