5 Stars Awarded to Waad Al Shamal Power Plant Project for Environment, Health and Safety Standards!
Winning an award for environment, health and safety (EHS) is always a point of pride when building a facility as complex as a power plant. But in the era of COVID-19, such an excellence award for GE Gas Power carries even more meaning.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awarded 5 stars to GE Gas Power for the EHS standards it maintains at the under-construction 1,390-megawatt Waad Al Shamal integrated solar and combined cycle power plant project.
Fahad H. Al-Sudairi, President and CEO of SEC, said, “At SEC, we continuously assess progress against strict measures meant to ensure occupational safety and health across all our offices, existing facilities and projects. We are delighted to work with an industry leader such as GE that has demonstrated a clear commitment to upholding strict EHS standards and congratulate them on this 5-star rating.”
SEC has set rigorous EHS protocols for project sites around workplace hygiene and housekeeping, lifting heavy loads, lighting and ventilation, waste management and other areas, with regular audits conducted by the Industrial Security Department. To be granted a 5-star rating, organizations not only have to meet the defined criteria but also have to demonstrate that they are continuously adhering to them. GE has dedicated site leaders, staff training programs and its own internal audits to implement and monitor EHS standards at the Waad Al Shamal project.
These high standards remain in place during the COVID-19 outbreak. Strict additional measures have also been added to ensure critical staff continue to work safely following the COVID-19 outbreak as moving toward full commissioning is important to enable the Kingdom to meet the growing need for electricity to fuel its economic development.
The additional COVID-19 measures include thermal screening of everyone entering the site, ongoing random medical screening of staff at the site, daily disinfection and cleaning, and distribution of mandatory personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks. COVID-19 prevention training and awareness sessions and educational materials in different languages are provided.
“At GE, the safety and protection of our people, projects, the environment and community at large, is of paramount importance,” explained Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE Gas Power MENA & South Asia. “We are honored by the 5-star award granted by SEC and remain committed to further improving EHS standards at Waad Al Shamal and other GE projects, to set new benchmarks on power plant management – from construction to operations.”
GE is providing turnkey services to the project, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works, and supplying four 7F gas turbines, one steam turbine and four heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), as well as other equipment for the project. One of the turbines at the site is the first GE gas turbine rolled out locally in the Kingdom from GE Saudi Advanced Turbines (GESAT) – a joint venture (JV) between Dussur and GE.
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