GE Will Modernize Seven GE LM6000PC Aeroderivative Gas Turbines and Install Its Asset Performance Management (APM) Digital Solution at Dangote Cement Plants in Obajana and Ibese, Nigeria;Contract Includes Service Agreement Extension for Additional 50,000 Operating Hours for Each of the Seven GE LM6000PC Aeroderivative Gas Turbines; GE\u2019s APM Digital Solution Will Help Reduce Unplanned Downtime and Enhance Operational Performance; GE\u2019s Total Plant Solutions Will Improve Power Supply Efficiency and Help Extend the Life of the Cement Plants. GE and Africa\u2019s leading cement producer Dangote Cement Plc\u00a0signed an agreement to deploy GE\u2019s Asset Performance Management (APM) digital solution to reduce unplanned downtime and enhance performance at its two cement plants in Obajana and Ibese, Nigeria. The project 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\u2019s total plant solutions will improve efficiency, reliability essential to continuous operations and the plants\u2019 business strategy. \u201cPower supply is both a key input and\u00a0a major cost in our manufacturing process,\u201d said Ravi Sood, Operations Director, Dangote Cement Plc. \u201cOperational performance is crucial to our cement plant\u2019s 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 which, with approximately 190 million inhabitants, is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.\u201d 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 gearboxes to predict and accurately diagnose issues with greater accuracy before they occur. \u201cEnergy 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,\u201d said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE\u2019s Gas Power businesses in sub\u2013Saharan Africa. \u201cWe 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\u2019s most basic commodities.\u201d The agreement underscores GE's commitment to work collaboratively with its customers\u00a0using the APM software to optimize their performance of assets, increase reliability and availability, minimize costs and reduce operational risks. Earlier this year, GE\u00a0announced the first digital solutions order\u00a0in sub-Saharan Africa for Azito in Ivory Coast improving power plant output, reliability, availability and operational performance.