Cummins Introduces New High Efficiency Osprey Engine into Nigeria


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Cummins Energy Solutions Nigeria (CESN), the official Cummins Nigeria Gas Product distributor and after- market dealer, has officially launched the new 1540 KW high efficiency Osprey gas generator in the country.

According to the company, much research and development has gone into the new Osprey engine, which is one of the most efficient engines on the global market –delivering up to 44 per cent electrical efficiency. In waste heat recovery applications, the total system efficiency can climb to 84 per cent.

Chairman of Cummins Power Generation Nigeria, Deepak Khilnani, stated “we are excited about the Osprey’s application in IPP projects and ability to further drive both reliable and cost effective power solutions.”

Cummins was the early mover into the Nigerian gas generator market, installing the first engine in 2003. “The Osprey, along with our existing product line, now gives us an added ability to provide our customers with a greater choice of generating solutions, tailor made to provide the most efficient and cost saving solution for their business,” Cummins Energy Solutions Nigeria General Manager said Graham Christie .

The majority of private industries in Nigeria today operate on diesel generators for their power requirements due the unavailability of natural gas.
However the rate of switching to natural gas generators is very fast as both the pipeline infrastructure is widening and awareness of compressed natural gas (CNG) is growing in Nigeria.
Analysts forecast that natural gas fired generation is likely to dominate the market given the clear financial savings.

Natural gas fired power generation is approximately 40 per cent cheaper than diesel based generation. Moreover, energy comprises up to 35 per cent to 40 per cent of heavy manufacturer’s total operating cost, significantly impacting competitiveness and industrial growth.

Besides simply the cost saving, there are significant environmental benefits to operating on natural gas such as reduced carbon and nitrogen emissions. As part of the global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and noise pollution, Cummins West Africa Limited (CWAL) had flooded the Nigerian market with low emission and noise compliant generators.

Speaking during a recent opening of the company’s new sales office in Victoria Island area of Lagos, the Director Cummins West Africa, Kwame Gyan-Tawiah said the generators were designed to cut fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent, adding that the company’s products pass through rigorous quality check and conformfully to Nigeria’s environmental standards.

Gyan-Tawiah had said the new office was opened in order to facilitate better customer engagement and service delivery by Cummins West Africa, which is part of Cummins Diesel Distribution Business in Nigeria.

According to Cummins Director, the new sales office would showcase power generation products, filtration and also provide round the clock after-sales service to ithe company’s teeming customers.
“Cummins has over the years invested in building in-house capability to design and build projects on turn-key basis, thus the opening of this showroom will help aid delivery of the different power solution products offered by Cummins and provide the necessary support before and after delivery of products” Gyan-Tawiah had said.