Engro and General Electric: Digital Alliance
Engro is one of the leading conglomerates of Pakistan with an investment in various sectors in the country such as agriculture, fertilizers, food, energy, petrochemicals, etc. In 2016, they entered a digital alliance with GE under which it would jointly develop software applications on Predix. Under this alliance, Engro has also signed a deal with GE to collaborate on the development of digital smelter solutions to improve the aluminum smelting process and contribute to enhanced operational efficiency and productivity.
GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. GE has been supporting the energy sector in Pakistan for over 50 years now.
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10 Year Agreement
This is a 10 year agreement to implement the Asset Performance Management (APM) solution, powered by Predix. This is applicable at six power plants – 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. Also includes two upcoming wind power generation sites in Pakistan, as well as the GEL 75 MW facility in Nigeria. The plants are expected to generate up to 1,500 MW together. These are equipped with both GE and non-GE power generation equipment. The APM solution will enable Engro to boost the operational reliability of the equipment installed at these facilities.
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The agreement was signed at GE Digital’s 6th Annual Minds+Machines Conference held in San Francisco on October 25 and 26, by Shahab Qadir, Chief Executive Officer of Engro Powergen Qadirpur Ltd. and Farid Tareen, Vice President of GE’s Power Digital business in the Middle East & Africa, in the presence of various executives of both the companies.
In a statement, the Senior Vice President at Engro said
“We first adopted GE’s Digital Power Plant solutions in 2015 at the 220 MW Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited Power Plant. Since then we have seen first-hand how the solutions can help improve site operations. 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.”
Source: Engro News