India's Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned its Steam Turbine Generator (STG) unit in Ethiopia, the firm's first in Africa.
The 12MW STG is the first unit of the 24MW project to be commissioned at the Finchaa Sugar Factory for cogeneration.
The generating station will deliver process steam and power to the sugar factory, while any excess will be supplied to Ethiopian Electricity Power, a local energy generator and distributor.
In Ethiopia, the company has also secured an order for the supply of 120MW STGs for Tendaho Sugar Factory, making it the largest overseas cogeneration application orders, BHEL said.
BHEL stated that the execution of the project would enhance its visibility as an EPC contractor of power plant equipment in Africa.
The firm engineered, manufactured and supplied STG units from its Hyderabad plant, and provided control systems from its Bangalore facility, both in India.
The Indian power equipment manufacturer is currently carrying out various power projects in more than 19 nations to install 5,000MW of generating equipment, worth more than $2bn.
BHEL said in a statement that the installed capacity of its manufactured power plants has crossed 9,000MW in 22 countries worldwide.
Image: Electricity generated by the STG will be supplied to a sugar factory in Ethiopia and Ethiopian Electricity Power. Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia user CIA.