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Saudi Electricity Company inks agreement with GE Power

The SEC-GE partnership is expected to help in the development of solutions that can boost gas turbine efficiency and productivity in Saudi

SEC and GE Power have signed agreements to promote R&D in Saudi's power sector.
SEC and GE Power have signed agreements to promote R&D in Saudi's power sector.

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and GE Power have signed two technical agreements to promote scientific research and development (R&D) within the country’s power sector.

GE said in a statement that the partnership is expected to help in the development of solutions that can boost gas turbine efficiency and productivity, with research activities to focus on reducing the amount of ash that results from fuel consumption.

Commenting on the signed agreements, Eng Khalid Al-Rashed, executive vice president of engineering and projects at SEC, said: “The first agreement aims to promote research that will help reduce the cost of power generation and power plant maintenance. The second will focus on installing a new system of fuel additives in gas turbines to reduce the water-washing cycle and increase capacity by reducing the amount of ash that results from fuel consumption during the power generation process.

“The agreements highlight our commitment to leverage advanced technologies to reduce costs and dependence on oil resources, and to meet environmental standards.”

Read: GE inks $15bn worth of deals with Saudi Arabian partners

Meanwhile, Hisham Al Bahkali, president and chief executive officer of GE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, added: “We have a long-term relationship with SEC, and we are committed to further strengthening it through these technical collaboration agreements.

“The focus on localised R&D to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the power sector supports the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.”

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