GE Energy contracted for support projects in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - GE Energy has signed contracts totaling more than $500 million to supply gas turbines and generators for power plant projects owned by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

In the first agreement, GE Energy has received a contract to supply gas turbine-generators for the 960-megawatt expansion of the Rabigh Power Plant in Rabigh City, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The project is part of SECÂ’s initiative to provide additional power to support the regionÂ’s economic and population growth.

In addition to the Frame 7EA gas turbines at the Rabigh site, GEÂ’s scope of supply includes Type 7A6 generators, technical advisory services during installation and spare parts. The EPC contractor for the project is the National Contracting Company Limited of Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Further expanding its presence in the Middle EastÂ’s rapidly growing power industry, GE Energy also has received a contract for gas turbines that will be used by four power plants owned by SEC including:

• Frame 7EA gas turbines to the Al-Toukhi Company for Industry and Trading of Riyadh, the EPC contractor, for a 260-megawatt power plant in Jizan City, southern Saudi Arabia.

• 7EA gas turbines, also to Al-Toukhi, for a 120-megawatt power plant in Qunfutha City, western Saudi Arabia.

• 7EA gas turbines to the National Contracting Company Limited of Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, for a 111-megawatt facility in Aljouf City, northern Saudi Arabia.

• 7EA units, also to National Contracting, for a 183-megawatt power project in Tabouk City, northwestern Saudi Arabia.

“These projects are part of SEC’s on-going efforts to meet the region’s soaring power demand,” said Joseph Anis, GE Energy’s region executive for the Middle East. “Our capability to provide gas turbine technology with a short delivery cycle, plus the proven reliability of our gas turbine technology, were key factors in winning these contracts.”

The GE gas turbines and generators will be manufactured at GE EnergyÂ’s facilities in Greenville, S.C. and Schenectady, N.Y. respectively.

More than 750 of GEÂ’s Frame 7EA gas turbines are in service worldwide, and have accumulated millions of hours of service in a wide variety of applications.

“Demand for power is growing at an estimated 8 per cent per annum in Saudi Arabia. As the leading electricity supplier in the Kingdom, SEC consistently adapts to the evolving conditions to meet the increasing demand. Our relationship with GE, which spans over 40 years, has played an integral role in enabling us to successfully meet the need for additional power supply through efficient solutions. These deals will further cement our relationship with the company,” said Ali Saleh al-Barrak, president & CEO, Saudi Electricity Company.

Saudi Arabia is one of GEÂ’s key growth regions. GE maintains a workforce of more than 600 employees in the Kingdom with offices in Jeddah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, as well as joint ventures in the fields of energy, health care and appliances. GEÂ’s current business portfolio in Saudi Arabia includes power and water, transportation and health care, in addition to new opportunities in financial services and advanced materials.

GE Energy recently announced the groundbreaking of its Power Technology Center, a state-of-the-art service facility in Dammam, developed in association with its joint venture partner, Ali A. Tamimi Co. This new facility will expand GEÂ’s service capabilities for customers in the Kingdom and the larger region.


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