GE to build 1390MW combined cycle plant in Saudi Arabia

GE recently received a contract worth nearly $1bn from Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to build the 1390MW Waad Al Shamal combined cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia. Under the contract, GE will be responsible for the engineering, construction and provision of gas turbine services for the power plant.

The construction is scheduled to be completed in 48 months, and the combined cycle power plant is expected to generate electricity equivalent to the power required for more than 500,000 Saudi homes.

GE will supply four advanced GE 7F.05 heavy duty gas turbines and a GE steam turbine, and featuring solar innovation technology. The facility is designed to support the phosphate mining operations in the region. The GE's 7F.05 heavy duty gas turbine technology is expected to provide a 10-minute startup to an 80% load for the Waad Al Shamal plant.

GE will build one of the gas turbines at GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia while the remaining gas turbines will be developed at its manufacturing plant in Greenville, South Carolina, US. The steam turbine will be produced at GE's manufacturing plant in Schenectady, New York, US, as per the deal.