GE has been operating in Nigeria for over 40 years, with businesses spanning a number of key sectors including aviation, power, oil and gas, healthcare, and rail transportation. In the past five years, there has been a renewed focus on the country with an eye on new service facilities and employment of more local talent to expand the company’s capabilities. GE’s portfolio of technology solutions is well aligned with Nigeria’s infrastructure needs, and is contributing to economic development and improved quality of life in the region.
Today, GE in Nigeria employs over 900 people, 90% of whom are Nigerians and serves over 100 public and private sector customers from its offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Onne and Abuja.
In 2009, GE signed a Country-to-Company (C2C) agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria to support the financing, design and building of infrastructure and capacity across key sectors of the economy, including rail, power and healthcare.
In 2014, this agreement was renewed for another five years at the Head of States conference in Washington, DC. GE is committed to supporting Nigeria’s Vision 2020 goals in sectors and the C2C entails:
Power Generation: Partnering with the Ministry of Power to support the development of 10GW of power over the next ten years.
Healthcare: Partnering with the Ministry of Health to support the development of diagnostic centers in Nigeria.
Transportation: Partnering with the Ministry of Transportation to modernize and expand Nigeria’s locomotive fleet.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest power privatization market reflects what’s possible through a determined effort to bring private sector participation in the power sector. The privatization strategy appears to be working in Nigeria after the government successfully sold 5 power generation and 11 distribution companies in 2014. The ongoing reforms in Africa’s largest economy also usher in Greenfield projects. GE is working closely with the new owners of privatized assets to ramp up power production. Independent Power projects in Nigeria that GE is currently working with include Ogorode, Benin, Omotosho, Olorunsogo and Alaoji Power Plants – all with a combined GE-enabled installed capacity of over 4000MW. These milestones are in fulfilment of the MOU GE signed with the Federal Government, committing to help generate additional 10,000 megawatts of electricity for Nigeria over ten years. The new technology that GE provides is helping operators in Nigeria and others across the continent to reach their long-term goals.
GE Power Services signed a Service Agreement with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) for its 650MW Afam VI combined cycle power plant located in the South-eastern part of the country. Thanks to this agreement, the plant which provides enough electricity equal to power over 3 million Nigerian homes at peak performance, will expect to improve its availability, reliability and output for up to 200.000 Nigerian homes, while decreasing its operational costs.
The GE Hydro team recently commenced the general rehabilitation of the 80MW Hydro Turbine Generator unit -1G7 at Kainji through our partnership with Mainstream Energy. We signed an MOU with Mainstream at the beginning of the year to deliver renewable power projects in Nigeria. Under the MOU, both companies will jointly work to implement the Kainji and Jebba Power Plants Recovery Plan, as well as improve the generation and evacuation infrastructure for grid connectivity of Kainji to the West African Power Pool. In addition, it will lead to the development of other Hydro Power potentials in Nigeria and West Africa.
GE Energy Connections’ recent MOU with Power China is aimed at reinforcing the existing transmission network and improving grid stability & reliability. The objective is to expand transmission capacity by 3,000MW thereby providing increased access to stable and reliable electricity. We also signed an MOU with the Northern States Governors Forum to deliver 500MW of Solar Power across Northern Nigeria through captive and utility scale projects.
These critical initiatives will increase the electrification rate in Nigeria and provide the needed power for industrialization and economic growth.
GE Healthcare’s MOU with the Federal Government is focused on 5 areas for Healthcare infrastructure development in Nigeria: developing diagnostic centers and specialist hospitals; rural health solutions; smallholder medical facility scheme;
and the exploration and execution of co-location model PPP projects. Recently, The Kaduna State Ministry of Health and GE Healthcare signed a partnership to expand primary and referral care services and build capacity at 255 primary healthcare centers and 23 secondary healthcare hospitals across the state.
Oil & Gas
Following the announcement of the merger involving GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes International, a new company, was formally announced 3rd July 2017 - Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), confirming that the transaction combining both organization is complete. The new company brings together industry-leading equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire spectrum of oil and gas development. It is the world’s first Fullstream company, as there is no other company brings together capabilities across the full value chain of oil and gas activities—from upstream to midstream to downstream. The BHGE global operation footprint spans over 120 countries and approximately 70,000 people which includes over 500 staff and 5 locations (Lagos, PH, Onne, Bonny Island, Abuja) making up the Nigeria operations. Individually, GE Oil & Gas and BHI were leading players in the industry. However, this combined scale offered leverage that ensures dominance of the oil and gas industry.
In the last 5 years, GE’s milestones in transportation include modernization and expansion of Nigeria’s locomotive fleet. Right now, GE is working with private sector participants to develop a locomotive assembly facility. That facility would modernize 30 old locomotive engines and assemble 170 new locomotives. The company is also acting on the order to supply locomotives to the Nigerian Rail Corporation (NRC) as part of the country’s fleet renewal program. Other milestones include consigning 25 NRC locomotives (Delivery between February and October 2010); Training of 10 NRC engineers in Brazil (June 2010); Training over 100 NRC maintenance and service engineers in Lagos and supporting Eko Rail Company with the Lagos Metro Blue line light rail project.
Following the favorable evaluation of its bid by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the GE Consortium recently announced its receipt of a Letter of Award confirming its selection as the preferred bidder for the Concession of the Western and Eastern Lines, associated operational infrastructure, and spur lines of the Nigerian Railway Corporation. Led by General Electric, the world’s premier digital industrial company, the Consortium is comprised of SinoHydro, a leading infrastructure construction services corporation, Transnet, a leader in transportation and logistics infrastructure management and APM Terminals, a global port, terminal and intermodal inland services provider. With this award letter, the Consortium is in the negotiation phase of the concession process with the Federal Government to finalize terms and condition and other pertinent details.
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is working with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation in the areas of private-sector led investments in aviation infrastructure development including airport upgrading, and facilities development.
Manufacturing (Calabar Facility)
The most visible sign of GE’s commitment in Nigeria is in Calabar. The manufacturing and assembly facility is currently under construction and scheduled to begin operation early next year. The multimodal facility will focus on Nigeria’s competitive advantage as a major energy producer serving Power Generation Services and equipment manufacturing for Oil & Gas.
GE expects the new facility to create new jobs in Nigeria and enable local knowledge, skills development & technology transfer.
Skills Development (GE Lagos Garage)
GE created the Garages program in 2012 to reinvigorate America’s interest in invention, innovation, and manufacturing.
In 2014, Garages went global with four weeks of intensive workshops at GE's offices in Lagos, Nigeria, using the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies. 3D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters.
In 2016, GE launched the permanent installation of the Lagos Garage, a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, idea generation and collaboration. Co-located with the GE Lagos offices in Victoria Island, the Lagos Garage offers year-round series of skills training programs focused on building the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs. Till date, 141 entrepreneurs have graduated the program having been trained to use the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies; 3D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters as well as in business development. Other wins consist of - 40 ideas transformed into practical business models; 100+ prototypes developed, with 12 new ventures winning prestigious International awards.
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