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General Electric (GE) has signed an agreement with UK-based Clarke Energy for the distribution of Jenbacher gas engines in Cameroon
Clarke Energy works closely with GE’s distributed power business in Africa, currently serving as an authorised Jenbacher distributor in Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Algeria and Tunisia.
According to the agreement, Clarke Energy will be the authorised distributor of Jenbacher gas engines, covering its products, service parts, factory warranties as well as aid with provision of service technicians in Cameroon.
GE’s Distributed Power business’ region leader for sub-Saharan Africa George Njenga said, “Our new agreement with Clarke Energy will provide customers in Cameroon with reliable service and parts support to give them peace of mind and help them concentrate on serving their own customers. Clarke Energy is a highly respected name in the region that provides customers with a life cycle of care – from design and installation through the lifetime service of the engine.”
According to GE officials, the agreement follows the rapid expansion of the Jenbacher engine technology offering in Africa. The engine has proven its versatility by being able to run on a range of fuels ranging from biogas to coal-bed methane.
At the same time, Cameroon’s increasing power needs have also provided an opportunity for GE and Clarke Energy to expand their presence in the southern African nation. Clarke Energy currently services a 433MW-installed base across the sub-Saharan region and is well-prepared to meet Cameroon’s increasing need for more local power sources in its growing industrial and manufacturing centre, stated GE.
“The power needs in Cameroon will continue to change and grow, and we are excited to be part of this country’s expansion of its industrial and manufacturing segments,” said Clarke Energy CEO Jamie Clarke. “Access to reliable power is critical for development, and we are here to partner with operators in Cameroon who want to grow their businesses with efficient equipment that is supported round-the-clock to ensure maximum performance.”
The southern African nation will develop its infrastructure, in a bid to support the commercialisation of its vast natural gas reserves, creating an opportunity for many industrial operations to shift to gas power. This will offer operators reduced fuel costs and lower emissions compared to other fuel sources.