GE's 7F.05 Gas Turbines Reach Full Operation in Saudi Arabia

Dec 10, 2014

Note: This announcement was made in conjunction with Power Generation International 2014, held in Orlando, Florida from December 7-11, 2014. The first of these four 7F.05s achieved commercial operation on July 24, 2014.

  • First Four 7F.05 Units Reach Baseload Operation at Saudi Electricity Company’s Power Plant 12
  • Plant Reinforces GE’s Commitment as Saudi Arabia’s Growth Technology Partner
  • Saudi Electricity Company’s Power Plant Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Economic Growth

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA-December 10, 2014-The first four highly efficient and flexible GE (NYSE: GE) 7F.05 gas turbines in the field have successfully reached full commercial baseload operation at Saudi Electricity Company’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 megawatts, enough power for approximately 2 million homes, to support SEC in meeting its future electricity demands. PP12 is part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to add 33 gigawatts of power generation capacity by 2020.

“PP12 is one of the most important combined-cycle projects in Saudi Arabia and will enable us to provide the additional electricity needed to support Saudi Arabia’s ongoing economic growth,” said Eng. Ziyad M. Alshiha, president and CEO of SEC. “We are very pleased to be the first to operate GE’s latest F-class technology and expect GE’s advanced technology to provide reliable power to residents and industries throughout the Kingdom for many years to come.”

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 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.

“PP12 demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom to adopt the newest technologies that promote operational efficiencies in the energy sector, underlining Saudi Arabia’s status as a regional hub for cutting-edge technology,” said Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO, power generation products and services sales, Middle East and North Africa. “GE is dedicated to being a technology partner for Saudi Arabia, and we take pride in delivering advanced technology solutions for the Saudi energy sector.”

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 approximately 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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