Second phase completed at Kuwait power project
Sabiya plant boosts power output to over 2GW
The second phase of Kuwait’s Sabiya combined cycle power plant project has started commercial operations and is now producing over 2,000 MW to support the country’s grid. The government-owned project is the largest in Kuwait and has utilised GE’s gas turbine generator technology as it converts to combined cycle operation.
This latest advance follows the six GE 9FA gas turbines initially commissioned last year at the project, which added close to 1,400 MW of capacity to the network. With this latest upgrade, the plant is now producing more than 2,000 MW, amounting to almost 20% of Kuwait’s total power capacity. The conversion to combined-cycle means that the plant can increase output without increasing fuel consumption.
“The successful completion of phase two of the Sabiya combined cycle power project is a reflection of the Ministry of Electricity & Water’s commitment to provide reliable electricity for the people of Kuwait. Working closely with the Ministry for over 40 years, this very important conversion project demonstrates our growing commitment to support the electricity needs for the country with efficiency enhancing solutions that are also more flexible and scalable,” said GE Energy Middle East CEO and president Joseph Anis.
GE will now support the station’s commercial operation through a seven-year operation and maintenance agreement.
Power demand in Kuwait is increasing by between seven and ten percent per year, with current projections that national peak load demand will reach 25,000 MW by the end of 2025.