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GE unveils game changing turbine

The 9E Max can help meet the growing power needs in the Middle East.

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GE's 9E Max Gas Turbine
GE's 9E Max Gas Turbine

GE introduced its 9EMax solution today, a game-changing leap forward in 9E gas turbine performance that redefines how its Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) customers can quickly deliver more power to one of the world’s fastest-growing regions, at lower costs.

The breakthrough technology can significantly elevate the output and efficiency of existing GE 9E gas turbines while empowering power providers to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy the solution, a statement said.

The 9EMax‘s high-performing technology will better position GE’s MENA customers to meet the region's projected 100+ percent growth in energy demand through 2050.

The 9EMax, announced at the POWER-GEN Middle East annual trade conference, can deliver up to 143 megawatts (MW) of power and up to 37% efficiency in simple-cycle operation (up to 210 MW and up to 53% efficiency in combined-cycle operation).

For GE’s 9E customers, this performance boost can open up as much as $6mn in new annual revenue opportunities per unit upgrade and as much as $5mn in annual fuel savings.

With a fleet of more than 250 units across MENA, GE 9E customers can more effectively support the region, which will become the globe’s second largest consumer of gas as a power generation fuel source by 2020.

“The 9EMax is nothing short of a game-changing solution for our 9E customers,” said Azeez Mohammed, President & CEO, GE Power Generation Services, Middle East and Africa.

“The high performance this technology brings to our customers opens up new doors for them to compete with larger block gas turbine machines and other power generation technologies across the region. Today’s announcement is a particularly exciting one for our team.

“The 9EMax can play a significant role in providing additional power to key areas of our region while giving our customers the ability to lower their operational costs in an environment of higher fuel prices.”

This technology upholds the proven reliability of GE’s 9E gas turbine fleet, which exceeds 99% operational availability across a global fleet of 700+ units.

By harnessing this solution, GE customers can operate up to 32,000 hours or 900 starts between scheduled maintenance inspections, a period of approximately four years for typical continuous-duty power plants.

The 9EMax solution also can be blended with GE’s OpFlex* advanced controls software to more efficiently deliver additional power to MENA countries that experience long periods of hot climate conditions.

By eliminating as much as 3% of output performance loss that can occur in extreme heat operating environments, this technology can help GE customers reliably meet their commitments to the grid.

In 100°F/38°C conditions, the 9EMax can generate up to 125 MW of power with nearly 36% efficiency in simple-cycle operation.

 

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