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GE Power signs multiyear agreement and first cybersecurity solution in Latin America

BADEN, SWITZERLAND — GE Power has signed a multiyear service agreement (MYA) with Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. for a new combined-cycle power plant in northeastern Brazil. The agreement includes operations, maintenance, repairs and digital solutions as well as GE’s first order in Latin America for its OpShield cybersecurity solution.

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The 1,516-megawatt (MW) Porto de Sergipe plant is expected to meet an estimated 15% of the energy needs of northeastern Brazil. It will be Latin America’s largest gas power plant when it begins operating in January 2020.

“GE has the power generation services and digital expertise we need to reliably and securely operate the Porto de Sergipe plant for years to come,” said Eduardo Maranhão, CEO of CELSE, a new independent power producer in Brazil. “We are pleased this project incorporates the latest digital technology and security solution into our multiyear agreement with GE to help us ensure that our Porto de Sergipe plant operates at the highest levels of reliability and availability to support our power purchase agreements.”

The agreement will cover:

  • Long-term plant maintenance including scheduled maintenance on the gas and steam turbines, auxiliary components, generators and control systems.
  • Plant operation and maintenance (O&M) services.
  • Digital solutions including Asset Performance Management and Operations Optimization, which run on GE’s Predix platform—the operating system for the Industrial Internet.
  • OpShield cybersecurity solution, a specialized internet-connected sharing firewall that helps protect critical infrastructure by monitoring and blocking malicious activity directed at plant assets.

This agreement follows an announcement GE and CELSE made in October 2016 for the original equipment order, valued at more than $900 million, for the turnkey combined-cycle plant project. The plant, which is being built in Barra dos Coqueiros in the state of Sergipe, will include three of GE’s 7HA gas turbines as well as a steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator and transmission technology. GE also is supplying the entire power island engineered package and remaining balance of plant such as cooling towers, foundations, roads and buildings. 

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