VIDEO: GE to build Saudi Arabian power plant in $1 billion contact

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General Electric won a contract valued at nearly $1 billion for the engineering, construction and provision of gas turbine services for the Waad Al Shamal combined cycle power plant of Saudi Electricity Co.

Scheduled for completion in 48 months, the combined cycle power plant will support the phosphate mining operations in the locality, in turn driving industrialization and job creation for Saudi nationals.

GE will deliver the turnkey power plant, supplying four advanced GE 7F.05 heavy duty gas turbines and a GE steam turbine, and featuring solar technology. The 1,390 MW combined cycle plant will be able to provide the equivalent power needed to supply more than 500,000 Saudi homes.

One of the gas turbines will be assembled fully at the GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, underlining GE’s commitment to localization. The remaining gas turbines will be produced at GE’s manufacturing plant in Greenville, South Carolina, and the steam turbine will be produced at GE’s manufacturing plant in Schenectady, New York.

GE’s 7F.05 heavy duty gas turbine technology brings industry-leading flexibility to the Waad Al Shamal plant with a 10-minute startup to an 80 percent load. It can accommodate a wide range of fuels lending greater flexibility to the operations while providing customers with lower fuel costs compared to previous GE technology. GE Power will also extend its long-term service support to the plant to ensure seamless operations.

Earlier this year, GE signed a memorandum of understanding with SEC to set up a joint venture that will extend operations and maintenance support to SEC’s power plants in Saudi Arabia. GE will extend its advanced technologies and train SEC staff to undertake the O&M services. 

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