Turning up the power as temperatures soar
GE has been working closely together with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to support the generation of electricity, which is especially critical during the hot summer months, which are just around the corner. Electricity needs increase in the summer, particularly with the increased use of air-conditioning units across the Kingdom to bring temperatures down.
The recently announced SEC power plant expansion projects are an example of how GE is supporting SEC and the Kingdom on fast track projects with cleaner, smarter, reliable and efficient solutions. These expansions, which will see GE deliver advanced power generation technology and services to four power plants, will add 1,680 MW to the Kingdom’s grid: that’s over 50 per cent of SEC’s annual targeted capacity increase.
The selection of GE technology for the supply of these fast track projects reflects GE’s successful record of delivery for similar large-scale projects in the Kingdom. In the last 24 months, GE has announced over $2 billion in orders for SEC projects. Over the last 40 years, GE technology and services support nearly half of the Kingdom’s electricity production with over 400 GE turbines installed at nearly 40 SEC sites.
As a further testament to the close relationship between GE and the Kingdom, the company will soon inaugurate its GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center, one of its largest turbine repair facilities worldwide, in Dammam. The center will bring to Saudi Arabia and the region the first F-technology turbine and Balance of Plant repair and service capabilities. GE is expanding its job creation and knowledge-sharing initiatives to the Saudi Arabia, there will be 1,000 employees at the center, of which more than half will be Saudi nationals by 2015. A $20 million advanced training center is hosted within the GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center, featuring the latest in technology and managerial training to nurture the next generation of Saudi talents.