GE to supply control systems for Yanbu 3

US firm contracted to supply electrical variable speed drives for Saudi power and water plant.

MV7000 drives
MV7000 drives

GE’s Power Conversion business will provide the electrical variable speed drive (eVSD) system to help power the new Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The system will increase the efficiency of the desalination plant, reducing the amount of energy needed to run the process as well as the overall cost, the US company said in a statement.

Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is building the Yanbu 3 power and water treatment facility on the Red Sea coast, about 200 kms north of Jeddah, to provide 2,700 megawatts (MW) of reliable electricity and 550,000 m3/day of clean water for 8 million residents and businesses in the region.

GE is supplying its MV7000 eVSD drive and electric motor equipment to pumps manufacturer KSB and its customer, local engineering, procurement and construction company Al-Toukhi. The equipment will be used to power the boiler feed pumps at SWCC’s new Yanbu 3 facility.

The scope of supply includes 15 induction motors (17.1 MW each), 15 input transformers (23MVA) and 15 medium Voltage (MV) Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) 18 MW each.

GE did not say how much the contract was worth however it was previosuly awarded a $23mn contract to supply 24 MV7000 VSDs for the SEC Jeddah South and Shuqaiq steam power plants.

GE’s eVSDs offers plant operators four key benefits over conventional equipment including greater energy savings, operation flexibility and reliability and lower maintenance costs.

“Our research has shown that an 8 percent increase in energy efficiency will help save the region SR50 billion over 10 years, and we are committed to working with the Kingdom to deliver these savings,” said Sandro Malquori, general Manager, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey for GE’s Power Conversion business.

The system helps maximize the lifespan of a plant’s power generation equipment by controlling motor speed, torque and power as well as providing more than 95% efficiency over the plant’s operational life cycle.

The eVSDs respond rapidly to changes in load, speed and torque commands and require very limited, simple maintenance.


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