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GE secures Kuwait power plant equipment order

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Apr 19, 2017

The heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) will be shipped from Korea.
The heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) will be shipped from Korea.

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US-headquartered technology giant GE said it has won an order from Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity to supply a steam turbine generator set and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) for Sabiya Power Plant.

The equipment will allow the conversion of the plant from simple-cycle to combined-cycle configuration, helping it to generate more than 260 megawatts (MW) of extra power without the use of additional fuel, GE said in a statement.

This is enough additional power to meet the average energy needs of more than 100,000 Kuwaiti households, GE further stated.

Ghassan Barghout, the president and chief executive of GE’s Gas Power Systems (Sales) for the Middle East & North Africa, said: “GE is committed to driving power sector efficiency across Kuwait and helping the Ministry of Electricity meet the increasing demand for power for domestic, industrial and municipal use.” 

He added: “By adding onto non-GE legacy systems at the facility, our steam tail technology will help enhance output and lower both the life cycle costs, as well as the emissions generated per megawatt of electricity produced at the Sabiya Power Plant.”

GE said it has proven strength in steam turbines, with a portfolio that helps ensure that site-specific, operational, steam cycle and application needs are met.

The heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) will be shipped from Korea and are expected to arrive in Kuwait by the third quarter of 2018.

These will be installed and operated on the backend of non-GE F-class gas turbines currently operational at the facility.

The HRSG units are being manufactured at GE’s facilities acquired from Doosan. GE announced the acquisition of Doosan Engineering & Construction’s HRSG business in August 2016. The acquisition is helping GE Power meet the growing demand for its combined-cycle power plant solutions.
According to Trade Arabia, GE technologies currently deliver over a third of Kuwait’s power and the company employs more than 250 people in the country (direct and indirect). Its investments in Kuwait include the GE Kuwait Technology Center that serves three core areas for customers across the Middle East and Africa: training, tooling and engineering.