The Digital-Industrial Era Has Arrived in Saudi Arabia
We’ve all read about “big data.” Well, here’s a number that’s definitely big: more than 15 trillion data points monitored annually from up to 500 heavy duty Gas and Steam turbines running in Saudi Arabia. They will be monitored and analyzed by the newly inaugurated Saudi PowerGen Efficiency Center (SPEC) in Dammam, GE’s first-ever country- and company-specific monitoring and diagnostics center.
At SPEC, a joint team of GE and Saudi Electricity Company engineers will perform prognostic and diagnostic analysis on the data – which is streamed in real time 24/7 – providing insights to power plants to help increase availability, reliability and efficiency of SEC’s fleet of GE turbines that account to more than 50% of Saudi Arabia’s power supply.
“This collaborative initiative of SEC and GE is a start to the digital era and a landmark in the history of power generation in the Kingdom. With the integration of GE’s heavy-duty gas and steam turbines across SEC power plants with big data analytics, we bring in higher levels of efficiency, reliability and reduced unplanned downtime, says Ayesh Al-Shemari, Executive Vice President of Generation at SEC.
SEC and GE engineers will work side by side to identify and solve issues as they unfold, in part by drawing on analytics and software enabled by Predix – GE’s open, cloud-based operating system designed specifically to run software that blends big data, big machines and other large systems to unlock efficiencies and operational improvements.
The monitoring and diagnostic center is located at the GE Manufacturing and Technology Center (GEMTEC). Not only is GEMTEC the largest global repair center for GE Power Services and home of the Hot & Harsh Center of excellence in power generation technologies, it’s also where GE is manufacturing 18 high-efficiency GE gas compression trains for Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System Expansion Program.
The 17,500 square meter first phase of GEMTEC was inaugurated in 2012. Currently under construction, Phase 2 will increase the facility by 9,000 square meters for additional manufacturing; including GE’s HA gas turbine – the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine.
Last year, GE opened its first Middle East and Africa regional Monitoring and Diagnostic Center in Dubai, providing 24/7, real-time monitoring, diagnostic and proscriptive solutions to customers across the region.