Providing The Electricity to Power Riyadh’s Growth
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, companies are opening new offices and factories all the time, and tens of thousands of new housing units are under construction. In a couple of years, the Kingdom’s first metro will become operational, and by 2030, this capital city is expected to see its population grow from 5.7 million to 8.3 million. All of this development will require more electricity.
GE is supporting the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) in building the capacity necessary to meet this growing demand, both in the capital and across the Kingdom. A recent example is the announcement of full commercial baseload operation of four GE 7F.05 gas turbines at SEC’s new Power Plant (PP) 12 in Riyadh.
The turbines are operating in single cycle now, but by early 2015, four more 7F.05 turbines will become operational and all eight will be operating in combined cycle. They will add nearly 2,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid. That’s enough power for approximately 2 million homes.
PP 12 is part of SEC’s longer term goal of adding 33 gigawatts of power generation capacity by 2020.
Currently the four gas turbines in operation are running on distillate fuel, but by the time all eight turbines run in combined cycle, they will all be expected to use natural gas.
This fuel flexibility is a significant advantage of the 7F.05 turbines, which can operate on natural gas, distillate fuel or Arabian Super Light crude. GE’s F-class gas turbine is the first to offer customers the ability to operate on crude oil.
Today, GE assists in the generation of more than half of the Kingdom’s power supply and has over 500 gas turbines installed in the Kingdom. GE equipment operates in approximately 40 SEC power plants—a partnership extending more than 40 years.