GE provides generator services at Oman plant
Maintenance Oman (Stomo) for stator rewinding services, high-speed balancing of the rotor as well as digital solutions for a generator at the Barka II Power and Desalination Plant
GE’s Power Services signed and executed an agreement with Suez-Tractebel Operation & Maintenance Oman (Stomo) for stator rewinding services, high-speed balancing of the rotor as well as digital solutions for a generator at the Barka II Power and Desalination Plant.
Stomo provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services at the strategically important Barka II facility, owned by SMN Barka Power Company, which is located about 50 km away from Muscat and can deliver up to 120,000 cu m per day of potable water as well as 678 megawatts (MW) of electrical power to Oman.
The contract is a first-of-its-kind for GE in the Middle East, covering services for a generator manufactured by other original equipment manufacturers (oOEM). It highlights GE’s expanded capabilities to service oOEM products following the acquisition of Alstom’s energy portfolio in November 2015, which helped bring onboard deep domain expertise in generator life extension and repairs and digital services.
The Ansaldo WY21Z-092 generator stator rewinding—which is expected to extend the asset’s life for approximately 20 years—was conducted on-site, and GE leveraged its regional strengths by undertaking inspection services and high-speed balancing for the rotor at its Global Repair Solutions Jebel Ali Service Center in the UAE, which has two dedicated facilities for undertaking the repair and maintenance of generators and gas turbines.
Established in 2005, the Global Repair Solutions Jebel Ali Service Center is the only one of its kind in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region that is equipped with a high-speed balancing facility. This allows any type of rotor repairs and field rewinds requiring high-speed testing, reducing the risk of failure during commissioning on-site and helping to improve the availability and reliability of the power plant. GE also provided a generator health monitoring suite allowing improved asset management.
“We are proud to help Stomo improve asset use and the reliability of its operations,” said Joseph J Anis, president and CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa. “Thanks to our expertise in repairing parts across numerous OEM brands, and the presence in the region of the Global Repair Solutions Jebel Ali Service Center with a dedicated generator workshop and mobile on-site resources, GE is delivering high-quality capabilities to service any type of generator and provide fast maintenance support across broader scopes of work to offer increased value to our customers.”
With one of the largest services portfolios in the industry and expanded total plant solutions capabilities, GE Power Services can now support more than 90 OEM brands across all major plant assets and service any type of generator (more than 30 OEM brands), said the statement.