GE & Field Core successfully repower production at Metahara Sugar factory in Ethiopia


GE’s Power Services business and FieldCore, GE’s customer-focused field services company, announced to have successfully restarted Metahara Sugar factoryin Ethiopia, seven months after the plant was severely damaged by a major thunderstorm. The outage execution service of two steam turbines, which lasted 20 days, succeeded in bringing back 5,000 person workforce and solving sugar scarcity for Ethiopia’s more than 100million population.
Metahara’s Deputy Factory Manager FahmiDawud said that the team providing solutions and getting the factory back up and running in a record 20 days was a miracle. “We had lost all hope that these extremely aged units, manufactured by Compagnie Electro Mecanique, in the fifties, would ever come online again due to the damage. Hotels and supermarkets had run out of sugar and it was a critical situation. We are indeed excited to hear the machines humming again.”
GE’s scope of work for this execution included provision of qualified personnel, inspection, servicing, testing and commissioning of the assets, safety and control devices, lube oil supply, speed reduction gear box, generators, control panels with AVRs as well as cold and hot recommissioning of the steam turbines.
“GE created a new industrial field services company – FieldCore – to bring together field expertise and more than 10,500 people from Granite Services and GE’s Power Services business into one field services company whose goal is world-class execution for our customers.” said EliseeSezan, General manager, GE’s Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa.
“We all experienced a great sense of accomplishment when the turbines were revived at startup. This project reflects the passion, the wealth of power generation experience and the world-class services capabilities that keeps GE and FieldCore competitive and consistent around the globe for customers” he added.