Keeping it cool in Kuwait: Adding extra 10% power to country’s grid with the support of GE technology

Keeping it cool in Kuwait: Adding extra 10% power to country’s grid with the support of GE technology

June 28, 2011 at 09:06am

This year, temperatures and tempers in Kuwait should be cooler. Sabiya, Kuwait’s largest combined-cycle power plant, has activated six GE advanced technology gas turbine generators, adding an extra nearly 1,400 megawatts of power to the grid. That’s about 10 percent of the country’s total capacity, which should go a long way to help the country meet its peak demand for electricity during the hot summer months.

Kuwait’s power demand is growing at almost 10 per cent annually. At this rate, the country estimates it will reach peak load demand of 25,000 MW by year 2025. GE, with a presence in the country for 40 years, has been working closely with the government to drive operational efficiencies and capacity enhancements by providing world-class technologies. That includes the six 9FA gas turbines for Sabiya, which are not only more efficient at generating electricity, but, with GE’s DLN2.6 emissions reducing technology, are greener too, cutting CO2 and NOX emissions by significant margins. So, here’s to more power and even more clean air. As Kuwait’s residents might say this summer: that’s cool.

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