GE wins Saudi Arabia power orders

12 March 2014 (Last Updated March 12th, 2014 18:30)

GE Power Conversion has secured a $23m (€16.5m) worth of orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply components for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

GE Power Conversion has secured a $23m (€16.5m) worth of orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply components for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

Under the contract, GE will provide 24 18MW MV7000 variable speed drives (VSD) to SEC's Jeddah South and Shuqaiq steam power plants.

Each project consists of four 660MW power blocks.

GE said that its MV7000 range will drive the boiler feed pumps, minimising effects on the supply network by controlling motor speed, torque and power.

The technology from GE also has eradicated complex mechanical components, while it provides a soft start that lowers voltage dips and starting shock to lessen required maintenance.

GE claimed that its MV7000 drives can support induction and synchronous machines with high-performance vector control across all speed ranges.

"GE claimed that its MV7000 drives can support induction and synchronous machines with high-performance vector control."

GE Power Conversion Middle East, North Africa and Turkey CEO Alexander Kajo said that SEC is one of GE's long-term partners, with power generation technology installed in more than 40 sites of the region's leading utility.

Kajo added, "Our contract to support the prestigious Jeddah Steam and Shuqaiq Steam Power Plants is significant for us as it highlights our competencies to provide highly efficient and flexible technologies for large power plants.

"We are thankful to Saudi Electricity Company and Hyundai Heavy Industries for our long-term partnership."

Presently, GE assists in the generation of over half of Saudi Arabia's power supply and has more than 500 gas turbines installed in the nation.

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