First order for GE's new 616 diesel engine

3 September 2014

GE's Distributed Power business has announced that UK based Clarke Energy is to supply five 616 diesel engines to Flour Mills of Nigeria, the first sale of this new machine.

Two of the engines will be used at the Kano facility in northern Nigeria, where natural gas access is limited and older, less-efficient diesel units have been used in order to maintain power for production. The new 616 engines will deliver 5 MW of baseload electrical power, with an expected capital payback in less than 12 months on diesel fuel cost savings alone.

The other three GE engines will be at Flour Mills' facility in Apapa, Lagos. This site already features 11 of GE's J620 gas engines, and the diesel units will provide backup power generation capacity in the event of maintenance on the site's existing power generation equipment or in the event of a gas supply failure.

GE's 616 diesel engine is based upon the Jenbacher Type 6 reciprocating engine and GE Transportation's P616 locomotive diesel engine. The engine is designed for high efficiency and extended maintenance intervals.

The 616 is GE's first high-speed reciprocating machine for power generation, significantly widening the engine portfolio. It "couples medium-speed engine fuel economy with the lower costs of high-speed engines", helping "customers improve their total life cycle costs", says GE.

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