GE is to work with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science & Technology on research for enhancing the fuel flexibility of its advanced gas turbines

The company yesterday signed a co-operative research agreement with the university and the research GE gas turbine will focus on the impact of using heavy liquid fuels on advanced gas turbines.

GE said the collaboration was “groundbreaking” and explained that the “goal of the study is to help advance the overall fuel flexibility of gas turbines, which in turn can positively impact power plant availability, enabling power producers to meet the growing demand for electricity” in Saudi Arabia.

Bill Roberts, director of the university’s Clean Combustion Center, added: “Our goal is not only to shape a future generation of energy and industry-skilled professionals, but also contribute to innovative technologies that are developed in the kingdom.”

He said the collaboration “will further strengthen our contribution to the kingdom’s energy sector”.

The research project will begin this year and is co-funded by GE and the university. Results of the study will be evaluated by GE experts to determine feasibility.

Hisham Al Bahkali, GE president for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said that “strengthening the fuel flexibility of GE’s advanced gas turbines will have far-reaching benefits for our partners in the electricity generation sector”.