Strengthening Saudi Arabia’s Cement Industry with More Efficient Electricity
Manufacturing cement requires a lot of electricity. Why? The process involves heating raw materials to nearly 1,500 degrees Celsius. That’s hotter than lava from a volcano. So it’s a big benefit to companies like Saudi Cement when they can produce electricity more efficiently.
In a recent agreement, GE Power will upgrade three GE 6B gas turbines at Saudi Cement’s Hofuf plant. It’s the first time globally that GE Power’s Advanced Gas Path solution will be implemented to strengthen power generation productivity in the cement industry.
The upgrade will deliver a number of benefits, including allowing Saudi Cement to become more self-sufficient in power production by increasing efficiency by up to 3.3% per turbine, reducing fuel consumption, and lowering emissions.
It also will extend maintenance intervals, thereby increasing plant availability. The improved efficiency will contribute toward the Saudi National Transformation Program 2020’s goal of improving fuel use in electricity generation by 40% by 2020.
Globally, since 2010, GE’s Advanced Gas Path solution has been installed on 435 units in 39 countries on five continents, resulting in savings of US$ 775 million a year and providing about 7 gigawatts of additional power capacity.
The upgrades at the Hofuf plant are expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year and reflect the two companies’ long-term collaboration.
Read more stories here about how GE Power supports the generation of more than half of the Kingdom’s power supply and has over 500 gas turbines installed in the country. Here are more stories on how GE is helping deliver improved power generation solutions to customers across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.