‘We’ve Got Your Back’: GE Monitors Gas Turbines Across the Region 24/7
Across the Middle East today, GE technology supports nearly two-thirds of the electricity that powers the region’s factories, homes, schools, hotels, hospitals and anything else connected to the power grid. This represents a major responsibility and is a big part of why GE Power & Water has opened a first-of-its-kind Monitoring & Diagnostic Center for the Middle East and Africa.
Located in Dubai, the new M&D Center uses the power of the Industrial Internet and big data analytics to help GE gas turbine customers achieve significant leaps in performance, productivity and efficiency by avoiding unplanned outages and implementing predictive maintenance.
The Dubai-based engineers and technicians at the center draw on advanced software and algorithms that were developed by drawing on a 40-terabyte database representing more than 100 million operating hours of GE turbines at locations around the world.
Operating 24 hours, seven days a week, the M&D Center monitors data coming from the 100 physical sensors and 300 virtual sensors located on every GE gas turbine, allowing the center to monitor elements such as compressor inlet temperature, thermal performance of a gas turbine, temperature of combustion exhaust, dynamic tones of the combustion system, vibration levels of a rotor and the temperature of bearings.
GE operates a similar center in Atlanta that has a global mandate and which has an accomplished track-record of enabling power plant operators to keep their turbines up and running with the highest performance and reliability. The Center enabled GE partners around the world to save an estimated US$ 70 million in 2014, up from US$ 53.9 million in 2013.
More information on the M&D Center is available at the GE pavilion at WETEX 2015, which is running through tomorrow in Dubai. A Gold Sponsor of the event, GE is presenting a range of hardware and software solutions to help UAE and regional power and water producers to efficiently, cost effectively and reliably deliver their services to millions of people and thousands of industries across the Middle East.
GE has played an instrumental role in driving the infrastructure development and human capital growth across the UAE. In the utilities sector, more than 150 million liters of water in the UAE are treated daily using GE technologies, and more than 400 GE turbines support the generation of 40% of the country’s electricity. GE is also building strong local competencies through its ecomagination Innovation Center at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the expansion of the GE Water & Process Technologies Center of Excellence at the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai.