Vitalait’s cogeneration facility was opened on the 6th of December 2014 by the British Ambassador to Tunisia HMA Hamish Cowell, Tunisian Minister of Industry and Energy, Mr Kamel Ben Naceur, Mahdia Governor Mr M. Mohamed Najem Gharsalli and the Chief Executive Officer of Vitalait Mr Ali Klibi.
Vitalait is a well-known household name in Tunisia, processing milk and dairy products. Vitalait’s factory is located in Mahdia, 220 kilometres south of Tunis, the Tunisian capital city.
Vitalait’s cogeneration plant is enabling them to save money on energy and reduce carbon emissions. The facility also helps Vitalait to have security of power supplies through self-generation of power. The combined heat and power plant generates 1.8MW of electricity and in parallel heat in the form of steam at 10bar and hot water at 90°C. This is achieved through the deployment of one of GE’s JMS612GS-NL gas engines with a cogeneration facility designed, engineered, installed and commissioned by Clarke Energy.
The event demonstrates the Tunisian government’s support for energy efficiency and highlights the potential of CHP to reduce energy dependence.