Innovation Award for GE and Saudi Electricity Company
Peers in the Saudi power industry have honored the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and GE with the Saudi Water & Power Forum (SWPF) “Award for Innovation.” The award recognizes them for being the most innovative in the Saudi power and water sector for their work developing SEC’s Power Plant (PP) 12 in Riyadh.
The award was presented during the SWPF by Riyadh Governor HRH Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Excellency Abdullah Al-Hussayen, Water and Electricity Minister.
GE has eight highly efficient and flexible GE 7F.05 gas turbines in the field at PP12. All eight units are expected to reach full commercial baseload operation at PP12 early this year and will be operating in combined cycle to add nearly 2,000 megawatt of power to the national grid, enough to meet the needs of approximately 2 million homes.
Fuel flexibility is a significant advantage of the 7F.05 turbines, which means SEC can fire them using 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.