GE Energy wins $1.8b contracts for new power plants in Mideast

DUBAI — GE Energy has received contracts totalling more than $1.8 billion to supply 32 gas turbines and additional equipment for power plant projects in Kuwait and Qatar that will add over five gigawatts of capacity to help meet the Middle East's rapidly growing demand for electricity.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 26 Jul 2007, 9:07 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:22 PM

"To support the region's dynamic growth, the Middle East urgently needs to increase its power and water capacity," said Joseph Anis, GE Energy's region executive for the Middle East. "With one of the industry's broadest technology portfolios, and our global resources and experience, GE Energy is well-positioned to help the region meet these requirements."

Under the first of the new contracts announced yesterday, GE will supply 20 Frame 9E gas turbines to Kharafi National of Kuwait for the Sabiya Power Station, which will add more than 2.5 gigawatts of power capacity for Kuwait. The new power plant will be owned and operated by Kuwait's ministry of electricity and water.

This will be an emergency power, fast-track project with an aggressive delivery schedule. The gas turbines will be manufactured at GE's facilities in Belfort, France, with shipments to the project site planned for October 2007 through June 2008. The commissioning phase for the new units is expected to begin in May 2008 and be completed in September 2008.

The Sabiya plant will operate in simple-cycle base load mode, initially using liquid fuel with plans to switch to natural gas when it becomes available in approximately three years.

In the second project, GE will supply gas and steam and power plant system services for a two-gigawatt power plant in Qatar — the largest such facility in the country and among the largest in the Middle East. Owned and operated by the Mesaieed Power Company Limited of Mesaieed, Qatar, the new plant is being built by Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion S.A.U. of Madrid, Spain.

GE will supply six Frame 9FA gas turbines, six 330H type generators and three D11 steam turbines, to be used for combined-cycle base load and part load operation; and two Frame 6B gas turbines for simple cycle black start duties.

The scope of GE's supply contract also includes additional plant equipment, technical advisory services, commissioning, performance tests and training. Under a separate contractual service agreement, GE will provide 12 years of maintenance services, encompassing two major inspection cycles.

Qatar's demand for power has increased by an average of around nine per cent from 2001 to 2005 while in 2006 it increased by more than 17 per cent, according to the International Energy Agency.

The first Frame 9FA gas turbine-generator was prepared for shipment and left the GE factory in June of 2007. The first Frame 6B gas turbine-generator is expected to be shipped in July 2007 and the first steam turbine-generator in February of 2008.

The plant is expected to begin producing its first gigawatt of power in July of 2008, with the full power output of two gigawatts planned by April of 2010.

The Frame 9FA gas turbines are being manufactured at GE's facilities in Greenville, the Frame 6B gas turbines in Belfort, France, and the steam turbines in Schenectady. Natural gas will be the primary fuel for the power plant, with distillate as the backup. Emissions will be limited to 9 ppm in combined-cycle operation.

The third project, also in the Mesaieed Industrial City of Qatar, is a turnkey project in which GE will lead a consortium with Doosan Heavy Industries and provide four 9FA gas turbines and two steam turbines to Qatalum for a new combined-cycle power plant that will generate power for the first aluminum smelter in Qatar. This will also be the first smelter in the entire region using F technology.

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