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Engineering: Anglo Platinum Completes Deal with GE Transportation


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GE generators will ensure continuity and safety for South African mining company

GE Transportation, a unit of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), announced that it has been awarded a contract by Anglo Platinum to provide 26 emergency diesel generators for its mining operations.

The widespread power outages in South Africa in early 2008 led to production stoppages, while ongoing capacity constraints have forced the national electricity utility to request industrial users to urgently reduce consumption.

In order to guarantee the safety of all underground personnel, Anglo Platinum will be using the GE diesel generators to evacuate personnel in the event of a complete power blackout. The generators will be installed at 12 Anglo Platinum sites with the largest operations having a peak installed capacity of 15.4 megawatts.

In September 2008, Anglo Platinum successfully completed the factory testing of the first two generator sets. The key criteria are that the generator sets are able to load follow and load share in parallel while handling the severe transients that are characteristic of Mine Winders and associated fans and pumps required for operating underground mines.

GE Transportation offers generator power solutions for some of the world’s harshest operating environments. GE engines help lower life cycle costs associated with fuel consumption and offer less mechanical wear on parts, while providing for ease of maintenance and increased reliability for customers around the globe.

“The safety of our people is Anglo Platinum’s number one value. Recent experiences of power interruptions, and the resulting risk to people underground in our mines, necessitated this project. We are pleased that GE could assist us in mitigating this risk” Fritz Neethling, Executive Head of Projects and Engineering – Anglo Platinum.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide generators to Anglo Platinum,” said John Manison, Manager GE Transportation Marine and Stationary. “This deal is a testament to the strength of our design and capability to accelerate delivery during a difficult time.”

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