GE wins contract to supply turbines for Riyadh power plant

GE-gas-turbineGE has won a contract to supply eight 7F 5-series gas turbine-generators for the expansion of Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) Riyadh Power Plant 12 (PP12)

The combined-cycle PP12 project will use GE’s advanced F-class gas turbines, marking the first time the technology will have been used in the Middle East. The project will look to add close to 2,000MW of power to the Saudi Arabian grid when the plant enters operation in 2015.

“PP12 marks another technology milestone for GE in Saudi Arabia, as it will feature the first application of our 7F 5-series gas turbines in the region and is part of our FlexEfficiency portfolio of products,” said Joseph Anis, president and chief executive officer for GE Energy in the Middle East. 

In addition to the supply of the eight gas turbine-generators, the contract includes technical direction for the installation of the units, spare parts, commissioning support and training.

The 7F 5-series gas turbines for PP12 will burn natural gas and will be equipped with GE’s latest dry low NOx combustion technology to reduce emissions, extend maintenance intervals and enable the plant to operate more flexibly.

PP12 is part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to add 33GW of power generation capacity by 2020. It is located next to Riyadh PP11, an independent power plant also featuring GE technology that will add more than 1,700MW of power to the SEC grid.

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