Thursday, July 13, 2017

GE leads digital transformation of Kuwait CCGT plant

Global technology giant GE said its power unit has completed the digital transformation of Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water’s Sabiya combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station ahead of schedule.

The migration of Sabiya CCGT Power Station to asset performance management (APM) software solution will help to make the site’s operations more reliable, while contributing to its enhanced performance at lower, more sustainable costs, said a statement from the company.

The project marks the first time that GE’s Predix-based software applications for industry are being used in Kuwait, it added.

Mohammed Boshehri, the undersecretary of Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water, said: "Our goal is to support the nation’s focus on strengthening the energy infrastructure and helping achieve Vision 2035 to transform Kuwait into a regional leader in all sectors."

"Delivering reliable power and ensuring that we have highly productive power assets is key in accomplishing our goals. The digital transformation of Sabiya CCGT, using GE’s advanced digital technologies, aims to further strengthen resource utilization and productivity," he noted.

Several plant assets at Sabiya CCGT, including combustion turbines, hydrogen-cooled generators, heat recovery steam generators, steam turbines and condensers, among others, were brought onto GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) software application.

The software leverages advanced data analytics to predict and reduce unplanned downtime, improving power plant availability and output, he added.

As part of the digital migration, GE installed APM’s Machine & Equipment Health Module, Reliability Management Module and Monitoring & Diagnostics Services.

“The digital transformation of Sabiya CCGT Power Station highlights our commitment to help unlock the true potential of Kuwait’s power infrastructure,” said Joseph Anis, President and CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa.

“Digitising power plants presents an opportunity for both growth and cost savings and we are proud to have completed this landmark project ahead of schedule to increase the plant’s uptime and enhance its performance,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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