GE to help meet Oman’s water and power needs
Water and energy are interdependent. Energy is needed to generate desalinated water and water is needed to produce energy. A result of this interdependence is the global trend towards the integration of power and water production at a single site, which is what the recent Salalah Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) in Oman is all about.
Identifying the need for new electricity generation and desalination capacities within the Dhofar region, theOman Power and Water Procurement Company proposed a privately financed project that consists of a joint power and water desalination plant. As part of this project, GE has recently signed contracts totaling nearly US$300 million that will provide the IWPP some advanced F-class gas turbines, the world’s most successful advanced technology turbines. All of the electricity and water output from the plant will be sold under a 15-year power and water purchase agreement to be executed by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company and Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company.
Both the power and water demands in the Dhofar region have been increasing steadily over the past several years making the Salalah IWPP a critical part of the growth and investment plans for the Sultanate’s continued social and economic development.
GE has been present in Oman for the last 35 years and this project has further expanded the company’s contribution to the country. The plant, located in Salalah about 1,000 kilometers southwest of Muscat, will have a capacity of 445 megawatts of electricity and will produce 15 million imperial gallons per day of desalinated water to help meet the region’s growing power and clean water needs.
The Salalah project demonstrates the versatility, output range and operating flexibility of 6FA gas turbines, which have been used in a wide range of applications worldwide and have compiled more than two million hours of commercial service in 30 countries. In June of 2009, GE observed a milestone by shipping its 100th 6FA gas turbine, for a project in Russia. GE’s global fleet of all F-class gas turbines exceeds 1,000 units, with more than 30 million total operating hours.