GE and EGA Cut Emissions by More Than 50% Over Target
Imagine the impact on air quality if you could remove 450,000 cars from Dubai roads – that’s nearly one-third of all vehicles registered in the emirate. GE and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) have completed a NOx emission reduction project that has had the equivalent impact.
What’s more, the project, which is part of the UAE-wide Government Accelerators initiative, substantially exceeded its goal. Instead of cutting NOx emissions by 10% in 100 days, it achieved reductions of 16%.
His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said, “Big industry can make big contributions, and I am pleased that the Government Accelerators programme has enabled that to happen quickly. EGA, GE and my team at the Ministry are to be saluted for their amazing work.”
Improving the air quality index to have clean air 90% of the time is one of the national objectives set in UAE Vision 2021, and NOx is one of four main air pollutants that is included within the calculation of this indicator.
Dr. Al-Zeyoudi made his comments during a visit to EGA’s facility in Jebel Ali that honored the teams who worked in close coordination with the Ministry and the UAE Prime Minister’s Office on the project.
EGA achieved its emissions reduction target through the retrofitting of new technology at its Jebel Ali power plant, a series of highly-technical operational efficiency improvements at both Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, and a sustainable energy exchange program with the public grid in Abu Dhabi.
The largest contribution to the reduction came from the installation of GE’s water injection skid to a GE 9B gas turbine at EGA’s Jebel Ali power station. The technology was flown to the UAE in just 70 days – one-third of the time typically required to complete such a project.
“The speed with which we executed this project highlights our technological leadership and capability to support enhanced efficiency and environmental outcomes, as well as our commitment to the UAE’s continued, sustainable growth,” said Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa.
EGA’s Government Accelerators project was one of the first five to be initiated under the Accelerators initiative, which brings together teams from industry, government and academia to achieve accelerated progress towards the UAE government’s objectives and strategic priorities.