Thursday, June 22, 2017

GE wins Jordan power plant maintenance agreement

Global technology and engineering conglomerate GE said its power unit has signed a multi-year agreement with Samra Electric Power Company (Sepco) in Jordan to provide full maintenance services, including parts and repairs for critical power generation equipment at its combined cycle power plant located in the Zarqa region of the kingdom.

The 1,175MW Samra Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Plant feeds power into the national grid for both residential and commercial use, said a statement from GE.

This agreement will cover seven GE gas turbines that are installed and operating at the Samra Station. GE will also provide its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade for 9E units and its MXL2 upgrade for GT13E2 units at the site, it added.

It will help to lower maintenance costs, improve the availability of assets at the plant and enhance operational output and efficiency, said Amjad Al Rawashdeh, the managing director of Sepco, after signing the agreement with Fadi Tabboush, the executive sales director of GE’s Power Services business for East Mediterranean, Iraq and Pakistan (EMIP). 

“The collaboration with GE marks our focus on the continuous improvement of operations at Samra and the better utilization of assets at the power station,” noted Al Rawashdeh. 

"Jordan’s energy needs are estimated to be growing at about five per cent per annum. GE’s expertise and advanced solutions will help us to support the cost-effective supply of power to meet the requirements of people and industry in general," he added.

The agreement with Sepco underpins the transformational value that GE can bring to our customers, he added.

Joseph Anis, the president and chief executive of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, said: "We are honoured to help Sepco reduce maintenance costs and improve asset performance at Samra for greater plant availability and more reliable operations."

GE’s AGP solution to be deployed at Samra blends hardware and digital innovations to deliver industry-leading performance and operational flexibility, he explained. 

The solution offers extended availability with the industry’s longest gas path maintenance interval of up to 32,000 hours and can help prolong the life of the turbines and parts to as much as 96,000 hours, as well as increase output, enhance efficiency and reduce fuel costs, stated Anis.

"GE has supported the development of the energy sector across the Middle East and North Africa and Turkey for more than 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies support the generation of more than two-thirds of the region’s electricity," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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