GE teams up with SEC in $300m power plant deals

GE has signed contracts worth almost $300m with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to supply 13 gas turbines and associated services for the expansion of six power plants at locations across the Kingdom.

Using the Frame 7EA heavy duty gas turbines, the latest expansion will add nearly 800 MW of power to the Saudi grid by summer 2013, in time to support peak electricity demands and reduce the risk of blackouts.

Eng. Ali Saleh Al Barrak, president and CEO for SEC said, “The expansion projects are part of our overall strategy to add an average of 4000 MW of power annually to the grid in Saudi Arabia as we continue to face a growing demand for reliable electricity.”

The turbines will be manufactured at GE’s factory in Greenville, US, and delivered between the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013, with commercial operation scheduled for May 2013.

The latest expansions follow an announcement in May that GE had received a $500m contract to supply equipment and services for expansions that will add 1680 MW of new power capacity in the Kingdom.

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