Improving Performance at ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais Despite COVID-19 Constraints

Improving Performance at ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais Despite COVID-19 Constraints

July 20, 2020 at 02:07pm

COVID-19 has changed a lot, but not ADNOC Refining’s ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental impact and improve its operations. GE Gas Power helped keep that work going by upgrading a GE GT13E2 gas turbine amidst the pandemic.

The MXL2 upgrade has increased the total output of the turbine by up to 10.7 megawatts (MW), while using the same amount of fuel. That means lower emissions per megawatt generated.

It’s the third such upgrade to a GE GT13E2 gas turbine at the facility.

The MXL2 upgrade allows operators of GT13E2 gas turbines to achieve up to a 1.5 percent increase in combined cycle efficiency and extend inspection intervals up to 48,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH).

That means ADNOC Refining’s Ruwais General Utilities Plant in the UAE is able to produce more electricity from those same turbines without using more fuel and for longer periods of time between scheduled maintenance.

The latest upgrade was completed within six months, despite the logistical, health and safety challenges posed by COVID-19. That’s nearly one-third the time it typically can take to plan and execute this scope of work.

Around the world, various organizations are exploring options to balance the growing need for electricity against climate change concerns. “Upgrade solutions offer an effective and affordable means to increase power output and lower emissions per megawatt generated,” said Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE Gas Power in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

GE has contributed to the development of the energy sector in the Middle East and North Africa for over 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies generate up to 40% of the region’s power. The company’s investments in the region include a service center in the UAE that provides advanced maintenance, testing and repairs for generators and gas turbines. The center has served more than 50 customers from over 25 countries.

Read more stories about how GE Gas Power is positively impacting lives across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.

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