Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has ordered six GE trailer-mounted, fast-starting TM2500+ aeroderivative mobile gas turbine packages for existing power plant locations in Jizan and Tabouk to meet the fast growing demands in these areas. Equipped with black-start capability, these proven turbines can serve as emergency generators in the event of a power outage.
This order follows the successful 2015 commissioning of five TM2500+ units throughout Saudi Arabia. The new TM2500+ mobile packages are expected to be shipped to the site locations in February. Each gas turbine can deliver around 30 MW, totaling approximately 180 MW, and will be able to provide the equivalent power needed to supply nearly 70,000 Saudi households.
The new order is bolstered by GE’s anticipated joint venture with SEC, expected to extend operations and maintenance (O&M) support to SEC’s power plants in the Kingdom. In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint venture, GE plans to extend its advance technologies and train SEC staff to undertake the O&M services.
Mr. Ziyad Al Shiha, CEO of Saudi Electricity Company, said: “Given the peak demands we experience during the summer, especially in the desert terrains, we must increase our capacity quickly and efficiently. By enhancing our fleet with proven technology from GE, we will be prepared for this summer’s power needs and able to manage the rising demand even in isolated areas of the grid.