$300m deal for GE turbines at Saudi plant
Steam turbines will convert Qurayyah plant to combined-cycle operation
GE has received a $300m contract to supply five steam turbines to the Saudi Electric Company’s Qurayya Open Cycle Power Plant in the Kingdom’s eastern province.
The contract comes as Saudi attempts to meet its high power generation goals, with the Kingdom expecting to have to increase generating capacity from 45GW to 70GW by 2020.
The steam turbines will add to the 15 GE F-Technology gas turbines already operating at the site, converting the plant to combined-cycle operation, taking exhaust gas from a gas turbine, and turning it into steam to drive a steam turbine-generator. This will enable the plant to produce additional power, without an increase in fuel consumption.
The introduction of the steam turbines, which are planned for completion in the second quarter of 2012, will see the site’s power output increase from 1,907mw to 3,418, or roughly equivalent to 10 per cent of the SEC installed capacity in the Eastern province.