GE wins $23mn power contract in Saudi Arabia
Orders are for SEC’s Jeddah South and Shuqaiq Steam Power Plants
GE Power Conversion has won a $23mn contract to supply highly efficient and flexible components for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the region’s largest power generation utility.
The two orders are to provide 24 18-megawatt (MW) MV7000 variable speed drives (VSD) to SEC’s Jeddah South and Shuqaiq Steam Power Plants.
Each project consists of four 660MW power blocks and is considered one of the largest steam power plants globally. Hyundai Heavy Industries, the engineering, procurement and construction firm, awarded the contract.
The MV7000 range supplied by GE will drive the boiler feed pumps, which are the main plant auxiliaries, minimising effects on the supply network by controlling motor speed, torque and power as well as providing more efficiency over the life cycle of the plant operation to the benefit of SEC.
The technology from GE has also eradicated complex mechanical components, and it provides a soft start that reduces voltage dips and starting shock to lessen required maintenance.
Alexander Kajo, GE Power Conversion Middle East, North Africa & Turkey CEO, said: “Saudi Electricity Company is one of GE’s long-term partners, with our power generation technology installed in more than 40 sites of the region’s leading utility.
"Our contract to support the prestigious Jeddah South and Shuqaiq Steam Power Plants is significant for us as it highlights our competencies to provide highly efficient and flexible technologies for large power plants.”
With nearly 80 years of experience and 1,300 employees in Saudi Arabia, GE is expanding its presence in the Kingdom through knowledge-sharing initiatives and increased investments for technology centres that provide service repair support and customer training in the power, water and oil and gas sectors.
GE currently assists in the generation of over half of Saudi Arabia’s power supply and has more than 500 gas turbines installed in the Kingdom.