France's Alstom has confirmed that in late December 2012 it signed a €250 million contract with the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) to supply spare parts for 11 gas turbine units at five different power plant locations.
The 11 GT13 turbines were originally provided by Alstom. The contract also includes a package of strategic spares for use across GECOL’s installed base.
The delivery of parts for major inspections on six turbines is scheduled for 2013, whereas the remaining parts for the five turbines will be delivered in 2014.
The service part of the inspection works will be partially carried out by ALGEC GT Services, a joint venture (JV) company established by GECOL and Alstom in 2004. The JV employs more than 100 local employees to service and maintain gas turbines and combined cycle power plants in the country.
These contracts support GECOL’s objectives to have all the company’s gas power plants operational and re-connected to the Libyan electrical grid, in order to provide enough power to cover the peak summer and winter demands for 2013.
Alstom has a long standing relationship with GECOL and has delivered 24 gas turbines to the country, which represents more than 50 % of GECOL’s operational capacity.
Commenting on the award, Hans-Peter Meer, Senior Vice President of Alstom Thermal Services said:
"Alstom together with GECOL are committed to restore power back to Libya. Our services ensure that gas plants across the globe continue to operate with high efficiency and reliability. They will be instrumental in bringing much needed generation capacity back to the Libyan grid."
This contract further strengthens the performance of Alstom’s service offering. It closely follows contracts to service gas turbines in the Ivory Coast and Jordan, thus boosting its presence in the Middle East Africa region where upgrade and optimisation of the region’s installed base of power generation remains a high priority.