GE Power Systems wins order for UAE project

20 September 2002 – GE Power Systems is to supply four gas turbines, generators and additional equipment for one of the world’s largest desalination and power plant project, being built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd. of Korea is the turnkey contractor for the project, which will include a 100 million imperial gallon per day (MIGD) capacity desalination plant and a 660 MW, combined-cycle power station.

Owner/operator of the project will be UAE Offset Group (UOG), a government enterprise.

GE is providing four MS9001E gas turbine-generators and auxiliary equipment for the power plant. Manufactured in GE’s facility in Belfort, the first unit was recently shipped to the project site and the remaining machines will be shipped over the next two months. The power plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in mid-2003.

The desalination and power plant project is being constructed in the Qidfa district, located in the northern section of Fujairah City, UAE. Once completed, the plant will supply freshwater for 1.2 million people of the Al Ain district and northern emirate regions which are facing water shortages.

The electricity generated by the power plant will be supplied to the UAE national grid and used in the desalination plant. Natural gas will be the primary fuel for the power station, with light distillate as a secondary fuel.

Doosan has signed a $802m, turnkey contract with UOG for the project including design, manufacturing, construction and testing. To meet the tight project deadline of 24 months, Doosan plans to assemble the evaporators and heat recovery steam generators as one module at its Changwon Manufacturing Shop Facility in Korea and ship directly from Changwon to the site.

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