SEC awards GE Energy advanced ICS contract for Riyadh PP10

13 October 200 - GE Energy has signed a contract to deliver a Mark VIe integrated control system (ICS) to Saudi Electricity Company's (SEC) Riyadh Power Plant 10 (PP10).

In what will be one of the largest installations of a Mark VIe control worldwide, GE Energy will be responsible for the engineering, supply and technical installation services for the ICS at the 2000 MW PP10 power plant, consisting of more than 30 GE Frame 7EA gas turbine generating units.

The plant-wide and turbine control system will be integrated into a single, easy-to-use platform and represents GE's most advanced control solution available. It is designed to improve overall plant reliability and deliver operational and maintenance efficiency over the generating life of the facility.

The ICS system is expected to ship later this year.

This contract is the latest in a series on SEC power projects that are adding much needed support for the Kingdom's demand for power, which is growing at an estimated eight per cent per year.

According to Ali Saleh al-Barrak, president and CEO of SEC, "The Saudi Arabian government's stated goal is to add 30 GW of generating capacity to the electricity grid by 2020."

This order follows GE's announcement earlier this year of a contract worth almost $1bn to supply more than 30 Frame 7EA gas turbines at SEC's PP10 site.

When completed, the PP10 project will increase the power capacity in SEC's Central Operating Area by 20 per cent, helping to improve the reliability and delivery of power to SEC's customers.

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