GE upgrades performance of ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant

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GE Gas Power has enhanced the efficiency and performance of ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (UAE) by installing the MXL2 upgrade on a GT13E2 gas turbine. Planning and executing such an upgrade typically takes up to 18 months, but the project was completed within six months, despite significant challenges posed by the outbreak of coronavirus. The technology upgrade has increased the total output of the turbine by 10.7 megawatts (MW), using the same amount of fuel.

GE’s upgrade solutions can significantly enhance the performance and lower the operating costs of gas turbines. The MXL2 upgrade allows operators of GT13E2 gas turbines to achieve up to a 1.5 percent increase in combined cycle efficiency and extend inspection intervals up to 48,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH). The upgrade combines GE’s latest technology developments, and over 10 million operating hours of GT13E2 fleet experience.

The latest  upgrade at the General Utilities Plant follows the completion of similar upgrades on two other gas turbines at ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais over recent years.


GE has contributed to the development of the energy sector in the Middle East and North Africa for over 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies generate up to 40 percent of the region’s power. The company’s investments in the region include a service center in the UAE that provides advanced maintenance, testing and repairs for generators and gas turbines. The center has served more than 50 customers from over 25 countries.