Dangote Cement signs pact with GE to digitise plants

Dangote Cement Plc has signed an agreement with General Electric to install Asset Performance Management (APM) solution at its plants in ObajanaIbese, to Improve power supply efficiency and help extend the life span of the plants. 

Details of pact: It includes extending the current service agreement for an additional 50,000 operating hours for the seven GE LM6000PC aero-derivative gas turbines installed at the sites. GE’s total plant solutions will improve efficiency, reliability essential to continuous operations and the plants’ business strategy. 

Director, Operations, Dangote Cement, Ravi Sood, explained that power supply is both a key input and a major cost in the company’s manufacturing process. 

He said, “Operational performance is crucial to our cement plant’s overall productivity, directly affecting end products. Being at the front of cement production in Africa, we believe extending our services agreement with GE and the introduction of digital solutions will allow us to improve efficiencies, anticipate further reductions in unplanned downtime and become more self-sufficient in power production in a country.”  

Details of solution: APM leverages cutting-edge technology to monitor the performance of power generation assets to reduce downtime, avoid turbines damage and remotely predict and resolve issues. APM sensors will be installed not only on the seven aero-derivative turbines but also on their associated generators and gear boxes to predict and accurately diagnose issues with greater accuracy before they occur. 

Chief Executive Officer, Gas Power businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, GE, Elisee Sezan, explained that the energy infrastructure is getting smarter, and digital solutions allow not only the shift from traditional calendar-based repairs to predictive maintenance but they also increase power asset availability and reliability. 

She said, “We are proud to continue our 13-year collaboration with Dangote Cement to help them support Nigeria and other African countries towards achieving self-reliance and self-sufficiency in the world’s most basic commodities.” 

The agreement underscores GE’s commitment to work collaboratively with its customers using the APM software to optimize their performance of assets, increase reliability and availability, minimize costs and reduce operational risks.  

About Dangote Cement Plc 

Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with existing operations in 10 African countries. With a fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer with production capacity of up to 45.6 million tonnes per annum (Mta) across Africa at the end of 2017, it has operational facilities in Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.  

About GE 

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the global brand drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. 



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