GE Energy wins Marafiq award
Jeddah, November 4, 2008
GE Energy said it has won the inaugural 'Power and Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq) Award for Sustainability from Marafiq, a Saudi Arabian integrated utility company.
Created to celebrate and encourage sustainable practices that demonstrate and promote environmental protection and social and economic development, the Marafiq award was presented to GE during the 'Fourth Saudi Water and Power Forum 2008.'
The award recognizes the key role GE Energy is playing in the development of a milestone project intended to contribute to the Saudi economy and social welfare, as well as the environment, said a company official.
“GE is fully committed to ecomagination, our corporate initiative to imagine, build and deliver innovative solutions that solve today’s environmental challenges and benefit customers and society at large,” said Joseph Anis, GE Energy’s regional executive for the Middle East.
The Marafiq Independent Water and Power Plant is part of a series of projects in Saudi Arabia to produce power and water for the Kingdom’s growing industrial economy.
“The Marafiq project represents an outstanding example of how technology can be applied to meet both the world’s energy and environmental requirements,” he noted.
GE Energy was cited for supplying key technology and services, including high efficiency gas turbine combined cycle systems and a complete Mark VIe plant control system for the Marafiq Independent Water and Power Plant in Jubail Industrial City.
"The company is supplying advanced technology solutions for the world’s largest independent water and power plant, Anis added.
Designed to provide 2,700MW of power and 800,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day for industrial and domestic use, plans are for the plant to support the diversification of Saudi Arabia’s growing economy and help meet the Kingdom’s growing need for water and power.
Saudi Arabia’s electricity use has been increasing at a rate of about 7 per cent annually and the ministry of water and electricity estimates that the Kingdom will require up to 30 gigawatts of additional power generating capacity by 2020.
The integration of water and power production at a single site is a growing trend, especially in the Middle East, where population and industrial growth rates are exceeding most other regions of the world.
“With our participation in this integrated water and power production plant, GE is well positioned to help address both of these needs simultaneously,” Anis added.
GE Energy’s role in the project includes leading an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) consortium and supplying four combined-cycle power blocks, including 12 Frame 7FA gas turbine-generator sets, four steam turbine-generator sets and 12 heat recovery steam generators, for the Marafiq project.
In addition to power for the Saudi grid, the plant’s steam extraction will be used for desalination.-TradeArabia News Service