GE gas turbines power up in Saudi Arabia

The first four General Electric (GE) 7F.05 gas turbines in the field have successfully reached full commercial baseload operation at Saudi Electricity Co.’s (SEC) Power Plant (PP) 12 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

By early 2015, all eight units at PP12 will be operating in combined cycle and add nearly 2,000 MW, enough power for about 2 million homes, to support SEC in meeting its future electricity demands. PP12 is part of Saudi Arabia‘s plans to add 33 GW of power generation capacity by 2020.

The first four of eight GE 7F.05 units (“Block One”) that SEC installed at PP12 recently began providing much-needed baseload power to the Kingdom. The four remaining units (“Block Two”) are in commissioning and expected to begin operating by early 2015.

Currently, the four 7F.05 gas turbines are operating in simple cycle at full baseload on distillate fuel. The power plant is expected to be operating on natural gas and in combined-cycle mode in early 2015. Fuel flexibility is a significant advantage of the 7F.05 turbines, which can operate on natural gas, distillate fuel or Arabian Super Light crude. GE’s F-class gas turbines are the first to offer customers the ability to operate on crude oil.

The eight units at PP12 are just the first of 20 GE 7F.05 units purchased in Saudi Arabia—12 units for PP13 and PP14 will be delivered in late 2014 and early 2015. An additional 55 7F.05 units have been selected by customers globally.

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. GE equipment operates in about 40 SEC power plants—a partnership that spans over four decades.

With nearly 80 years of experience and 1,000 employees in Saudi Arabia, GE is expanding its energy presence in the kingdom through knowledge-sharing initiatives and increased investments for technology centers that provide service, repair support and customer training in the power, water and oil and gas sectors.

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