Kuwait’s largest power plant begins operations

25 July 2012 (Last Updated July 25th, 2012 18:30)

Commercial operations on the second phase of the Sabiya combined-cycle power plant project in Kuwait have started, GE has announced.

   GE announced the commercial start of operations of the phase two of the Sabiya combined-cycle power plant project in Kuwait.  The stated owned Sabiya station is expected to produce more than 2,000MW of additional electricity for the grid.  GE Energy for the Middle East president and CEO Joseph Anis said, "The successful completion of phase two of the Sabiya combined-cycle power project is a reflection of the Ministry of Electricity and Water's commitment to provide reliable electricity for the people of Kuwait."  In June 2012, the first phase of the project operated in simple-cycle mode employed six GE 9FA gas turbines to add nearly 1,400 MW to the grid.  The recent upgrade to combined-cycle operation will increase the nation's power generating capacity by nearly 20%.  GE constructed the plant in cooperation with South Korea based Hyundai Heavy Industries.  It is also providing operation and maintenance services for a period of seven years, under the terms of the agreement.  The Mid

Commercial operations on the second phase of the Sabiya combined-cycle power plant project in Kuwait have started, GE has announced.

The state-owned Sabiya station is expected to produce more than 2,000MW of additional electricity for the grid.

The recent upgrade will increase the nation's power generating capacity by nearly 20%.

“The successful completion of phase two of the Sabiya combined-cycle power project is a reflection of the Ministry of Electricity and Water's commitment to provide reliable electricity for the people of Kuwait."

GE Energy Middle East president and CEO Joseph Anis said: "The successful completion of phase two of the Sabiya combined-cycle power project is a reflection of the Ministry of Electricity and Water's commitment to provide reliable electricity for the people of Kuwait."

GE constructed the plant in cooperation with South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries.

It is also providing operation and maintenance services for a period of seven years, under the terms of the agreement.

The South Korea's power demand is growing at approximately 7% to 10% on an annual basis and is estimated to reach national peak load demand of 25,000MW by 2025.


Image: The Sabiya combined-cycle power plant project in Kuwait is powered by GE's advanced gas turbine-generator technology. Photo: courtesy of GE.