Siemens completes service work at Jebel Ali K-station
The upgrades have now increased the power output by 62.6 megawatts (MW) and improved power plant efficiency by about 0.5 per cent
Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, said it has achieved a major milestone by completing the extensive service works of the gas turbines at Jebel Ali K-station, Dubai, in a record time of only 29 working days.
It is a notable accomplishment for a project of this scale, said the company in a statement.
As part of the deal, Siemens provided supervisory services for three of the gas turbines at Jebel Ali K-station to enable further efficient and reliable operation for approximately 100,000 hours – equivalent to about 15 years.
The power plant is owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and has been in operation since 2002.
The upgrades have now increased the power output by 62.6 megawatts (MW) and improved power plant efficiency by about 0.5 per cent, said the statement from Siemens.
The outage featured the application of the “rotor-swap”, a pioneering concept that has been developed by Dewa to utilise a spare rotor and other critical parts, stored at the plant’s site, to maximise each unit’s availability and reduce idle time while waiting for the completion of rotor assembly work.
Siemens pointed out that Dewa had implemented this concept for the first time in the Middle East in January 2015.
To date, the rotor-swap concept has been deployed for eight times across Dewa’s different power plants, which resulted in increasing the availability of the power generation assets by up to 64 days. This reflects the Duai utility’s commitment to the efficiency and reliability of the power sector in the UAE.
Nasser Lootah, the executive vice-president of Dewa, said the new project has been built on over 30 years of trust and partnership with Siemens.
"We are very pleased to work with the company again and successfully complete services of Jebel Ali K-station’s power assets so quickly, which allowed the plant to reduce the length of maintenance outage and return the turbines to service as early as possible," he noted.
"With this project, we will enhance the power output and the long-term availability of our power generation assets," he added.
According to Siemens, after a certain number of operating hours, all gas turbines need to be dismantled for maintenance services.
Typically, an outage of this kind would take up to 45 working days to complete, involving over 100 personnel with different areas of technical expertise.
By implementing a newer outage concept, the German technology giant was able to perform the services within just 29 working days, setting a new benchmark in the global power service industry.
"Dewa puts a great importance on the availability and sustainability of power for Dubai’s population, which results in their continuous commitment to innovative ideas and proactive approach for accomplishing the best results," remarked Gianluigi Di Giovanni, senior executive vice-president of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East.
"This record-breaking project was only possible with the outstanding collaboration and planning between Dewa and Siemens, which provided innovative solutions and technical expertise," he noted.
"This project also reflects our commitment to bringing the company’s latest and most-advanced technologies to the UAE to help boost the efficiency and sustainability of its energy sector," he added.