Improving Plant Reliability from Pakistan to Nigeria with GE’s Digital Industrial Solutions
Nearly two years ago, Engro implemented GE’s Digital Power Plant solutions at the Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited Power Plant in Pakistan. The impact on operations was so significant, the company has asked GE Power to implement similar solutions across six other power plants, five in Pakistan and one in Nigeria.
As part of a 10-year agreement with Engro, GE Power will implement its Asset Performance Management (APM) solution, powered by Predix, at the six plants that collectively can generate up to 1,500 MW of electricity and are equipped with both GE and non-GE power generation equipment.
The APM solution will enable Engro to boost the operational reliability and reduce the unplanned downtime of the equipment installed at these facilities.
“Today’s agreement is a testament to our belief that Predix and APM can play a vital role in our continuous search to enhance the reliability and reduce the unplanned downtime of our assets,” said Jahangir Piracha, Senior Vice President of Engro Corporation.
GE has supplied advanced technologies ranging from gas turbines to steam turbines, voltage regulators, boilers and other equipment to Engro since the 1960s and in 2016, the two companies entered into a digital alliance under which they would jointly develop software applications on Predix.
Around the world, the APM solution has helped customers improve the reliability of power generating machines, reducing unplanned downtime by up to 5%, reducing false positive alerts by up to 75%, and reducing operations and maintenance costs by up to 25%.
APM, powered by Predix, gives industrial businesses a complete, integrated view of their assets and equipment and can be applied to both GE and non-GE equipment. Predix is GE’s application development platform for the Industrial Internet and was purpose-built to meet the scale, complexity, speed and security requirements of industry. Connected machines, equipped with data sensors, collect vast amounts of information into a centralized and secured data platform. The analysis of this data provides insights to predict and diagnose equipment problems before they happen, thus reducing unplanned downtime.
The six plants covered in the agreement include the Engro Powergen Qadirpur Ltd. 220 megawatts (MW) Combined Cycle Power Plant, Engro 660 MW Thar Power Plant, Kolachi 450 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant and two upcoming wind power generation sites in Pakistan, as well as the GEL 75 MW facility in Nigeria.
Read more stories here about APM and other Predix-enabled digital-industrial solutions across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. For more stories on GE’s work with customers across Pakistan to support the country’s national development, click here.