Clean technology manufacturer Capstone Turbine is to supply a C600 microturbine to power oil processing equipment and electrical submersible pumps on an offshore oil platform in Africa.

By running on casing gas, the 600kW microturbine will transform the platform into an oil processing platform.

Casing gas is considered waste during the oil production process.

Upgrades will also be made to the processing equipment to boost the efficiency of wellhead drilling, as well as offshore oil processing on the platform.

"Africa is a new growth market for Capstone as energy demand in the region has increased by 80% over the last decade."

According to Capstone, the project is slated for commissioning next year.

The microturbines of Capstone feature an air bearing technology with only one moving part and do not require oil or lubricants to operate.

They deliver power through power electronics, which translates to higher machine availability and longer maintenance intervals.

Capstone Turbine sales and marketing executive vice-president Jim Crouse said: "Africa is a new growth market for Capstone as energy demand in the region has increased by 80% over the last decade.

"Africa is expected to hold a larger share of offshore capital expenditure starting in 2016, which opens up an excellent opportunity for us to provide clean and reliable microturbine power to these operations."

Energy demand in sub-Saharan Africa increased by around 45% from 2000 to 2012, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2014 Africa Energy Outlook revealed.