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GE Energy strikes deal with SEC at PP10

Firm will deliver integrated control system at US $3bn project

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Joseph Anis, GE Energy's Middle East president.
Joseph Anis, GE Energy's Middle East president.

GE Energy has won a deal to provide a Mark Vie integrated control system (ICS) at Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)’s Riyadh Power Plant 10 (PP10).

The PP10 project will add another 2,000MW of power to SEC’s gigantic site near the capital, which already has a total output of 10,000MW.

GE’s contract win will improve overall plant reliability and should deliver operational and maintenance efficiency over the generating life of the facility.

“The Saudi Arabian government’s stated goal is to add 30 gigawatts of generating capacity to the electricity grid by 2020,” said Eng. Ali Saleh al-Barrak, president and CEO of SEC.

“As the leading electricity supplier in the region, SEC consistently adapts to the evolving conditions to meet increasing demand. Our relationship with GE, which spans more than 40 years, has played a key role in meeting the need for additional power throughout the Kingdom.”

In what will be one of the largest installations of a Mark VIe control worldwide, GE Energy will be responsible for the engineering, supply, and technical installation services for the ICS at the plant, consisting of more than 30 GE Frame 7EA gas turbine generating units.

The plant-wide and turbine control system will be integrated into a single, easy-to-use platform and represents GE’s most advanced control solution available. The ICS system is expected to ship later this year.

Earlier this year, GE won a $1 billion contract to supply more than 30 Frame 7EA gas turbines to the PP10 site.

SEC’s PP10 and PP11 projects are both featured in Utilities Middle East’s recent list of top 10 Saudi megaprojects. PP10 is scheduled to come online in the second quarter of 2011 and PP11 is expected to begin operations in April 2013.

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