27 March 2012
GE Steam Turbines to Boost Output, Efficiency at SEC PP10
Power Plant; a Key to Meeting Saudi Arabia's Growing
Nearly $200 Million Contract for New Units will Convert
Facility from Simple to Combined-Cycle
Project to Increase Plant Capacity by More than 50
Percent and Add 1,300 Megawatts to the Saudi Grid
Demonstrates GE Commitment to Support SEC in Meeting the
Kingdom's Growing Energy Requirements
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA-March 27, 2012-GE (NYSE: GE) has
received a contract for nearly $200 million to supply
steam turbine technology, power generation services and
distributed control systems for the conversion of Saudi
Electricity Company's (SEC) PP10 power plant from simple to
combined-cycle operation. The project will add 1,300
megawatts to the plant's capacity to support the growing
power requirements of Saudi Arabia's central region and
help the Kingdom meet summer peak demands.
"The conversion to combined-cycle operation is part of our
growth plan to add an average of 4,000 megawatts of power
each year, with a vision of doubling the grid capacity by
the year 2020," said Eng. Ali Saleh Al Barrak, president
and CEO for SEC. "This new
contract reflects our continued trust in GE's technology
solutions and ability to respond to our power generation
requirements. In addition to increasing plant capacity by
more than 50 percent, from about 2,200 to 3,500 megawatts,
the conversion will raise overall plant efficiency."
"This new agreement is testimony to our growing
relationship with SEC and reflects our continued commitment
to deliver tailored technology solutions to the Saudi
energy sector," said Joseph Anis, GE Energy's president and
CEO for the Middle East. "As the Kingdom's energy
technology partner, we take pride in supporting SEC's goal
to meet the Kingdom's growing power demand with efficiency
enhancing solutions that also are flexible and scalable."
GE will now provide 10 of its
SC series steam turbines specifically for the PP10
combined-cycle expansion. GE previously supplied 40
7EA Gas Turbines for the PP10 site. The combined-cycle
conversion enables the plant to increase its output without
any increase in fuel, boosting its operating efficiency.
In addition to the SC series steam turbines, GE will supply
new balance-of-plant mechanical and electrical equipment.
An existing simple-cycle
Mark* Vle integrated control system (ICS) will be
expanded to incorporate the entire combined-cycle plant. GE
power generation services will include installation,
testing, commissioning and completing the combined-cycle
Shipment of the GE equipment is scheduled to begin in the
first quarter of 2013, with services to start in the second
quarter of that year. The first two combined-cycle blocks
at PP10 are scheduled to begin commercial operation in the
second quarter of 2014, in time to meet summer peak
demands, while the full combined-cycle plant will be online
by the first quarter of 2015.
The Riyadh PP10 site recently entered commercial operation
in simple-cycle mode and is adding about 2,000 megawatts to
Saudi Arabia's grid to support the country's electricity
demand and increase the power capacity in SEC's Central
Operation Area by 20 percent.
Building on a successful 40-year-old relationship, GE's
on-time delivery of the Frame 7EA gas turbines for the
Riyadh PP10 site enabled SEC to provide reliable
electricity for the Riyadh Central grid. GE's Mark VIe ICS
installed at PP10 is improving overall plant reliability
and will deliver operational and maintenance efficiency
over the generating life of the power plant. The Riyadh
PP10 site is currently the biggest installation worldwide
for GE's Mark VIe ICS.
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. GE recently inaugurated its
newest technology center in Dammam, the GE Energy
Manufacturing Technology Center. The $250 million facility
consists of three main components-an advanced service
technology center, a training center offering the latest in
technical and managerial training as well as a high
technology manufacturing hub for energy equipment dedicated
to the entire energy value chain. Today, GE supports the
generation of half the Kingdom's electricity with more than
500 GE turbines installed at various sites around Saudi
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