GE Power and the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) in Kuwait have started the implementation of Total Plant Solution upgrades at the latter’s 2,000MW Sabiya West combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station.

The phase 1 of the upgrade project included installation of GE’s advanced gas path gas turbine upgrade solution, which was earlier deployed in Block 1 and has increased the output of two gas turbines by more than 6%.

Kuwait Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Dr Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel said: “We have focused on identifying solutions to enhance the performance of the country’s power and water infrastructure as prioritised under the New Kuwait Vision 2035.

“Sabiya West is a significant facility as it is the largest power plant in the country and the successful upgrade installations present a way forward to achieve higher levels of productivity at lower operating costs using GE’s proven technologies.

“Completing the project at the onset of summer will also help us to meet peak seasonal demand.”

Sabiya West power station can meet 23% of Kuwait’s electricity demand and is equipped with six GE 9FA gas turbines and three GE D11 steam turbines.

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Construction works at the site began in 2009 to address the urgent demand for power in the country through a GE and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) joint venture. GE has provided operations and maintenance services at the plant since 2011.

The latest upgrade project is the result of signing a principle of cooperation agreement between the MEW and GE in September 2017 to drive efficiency in Kuwait’s power sector.

Upon completion of the upgrade solutions across all three blocks of the plant, the facility is expected to increase output by more than 7%, whilst eliminating emissions equivalent to 25,000 cars on Kuwaiti roads.