GE Energy shipped its 1,000th F-class gas turbine to Saudi Arabia. The Frame 7FA gas turbine will be one of four installed at the Saudi Electricity Company’s Riyadh Power Plant No. 8 expansion project in Saudi Arabia’s Central Province.
Today, GE’s F-class gas turbines operate in 45 countries around the world, and that installed fleet has surpassed 20 million hours of commercial operation — making GE the global leader in advanced gas turbine operating experience. The GE F-technology fleet has produced approximately 3.8 billion megawatt hours of power.
“Since its introduction in 1987, our F technology has made a major impact both on the power generation industry and on the General Electric Company,” said John Krenicki, president and CEO of GE Energy. “Over those 20 years, activities associated with all aspects of our F technology, including sales and services, have produced in excess of $30 billion in revenue for the company.”
Today’s shipment of the 7FA gas turbine for Saudi Electricity is part of a recent surge in new power plant activity in the Middle East, Krenicki noted. Since December 2006, GE has announced orders totaling nearly $3.8 billion for gas turbine-based projects in the region. Of the 77 GE gas turbines involved in those projects, 45 are F-class machines.
“The Middle East is one of the most important growth areas for GE Energy in the world today,” said John Krenicki, president and CEO of GE Energy. “The need for additional power supply in the region is driving strong demand for power plant equipment and services.