SEC and GE win Saudi innovation prize
Saudi Water & Power Forum (SWPF) award is for operations at Power Plant 12 in Riyadh.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and GE have received the Saudi Water & Power Forum (SWPF) Award for innovation for their operations at SEC’s Power Plant 12 in Riyadh.
Presented annually, the SWPF Award for Innovation celebrates excellence and outstanding achievements in the industry and rewards organisations for being the most innovative in the Saudi power and/or water sectors.
John Rice, vice chairman of GE and president and CEO of GE Global Growth and Operations, and Ziyad Alshiha, CEO of SEC, received the award from Riyadh Governor Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Abdullah Al-Hussayen, water and electricity minister, at the SWPF 2015 in Riyadh.
GE has eight highly-efficient and flexible gas turbines in the field at PP12 which are expected to reach full commercial baseload operation early this year.
The units will be operating in combined cycle and add nearly 2,000 MW, enough power for around 2 million homes, to support SEC in meeting its future electricity demands.
PP12 is part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to add 33 gigawatt of power generation capacity by 2020.
Fuel flexibility is a significant advantage of the 7F.05 turbines, which can operate on natural gas, distillate fuel or Arabian Super Light crude, the first turbines to offer customers the ability to operate on crude oil.
Today, GE assists in the generation of more than half of the Kingdom’s power supply and has over 500 gas turbines installed in the Kingdom.