GE, XD Electric to offer high voltage solutions
Dubai, August 28, 2013
GE and XD Electric Group, a leading power company in China, plan to provide energy-intensive industries in the Middle East with high voltage solutions through their combined portfolios.
GE and XD Electric have underscored the formation of a new partnership that combines GE’s grid automation capabilities with XD Electric’s comprehensive portfolio of primary high-voltage (HV) equipment.
Originally announced in May 2012, the partnership expands GE’s capabilities as a leading provider of transmission and distribution (T&D) solutions and creates a new global competitor to provide utilities and energy-intensive industries with HV solutions.
“With over 80 years of presence in the Middle East region, we’re currently focused on grid expansion projects and greenfield network interconnections as we continue to create a modern power grid that is stable, resilient and energy efficient,” said Jalal Qutob, regional product leader – High Voltage Solutions, GE Digital Energy.
“This is in line with the emphasis that regional governments place on boosting the energy sector infrastructure, with a particular focus on sustainability, to meet growing demand from an increasing population and greater urbanization.
“Adding high-voltage capabilities will help our utility customers to transmit power with minimal losses over long distances and rough terrains—from the generation point to the consumers in large cities. We’ll also continue to eliminate power islands, creating energy reserves and allowing us to more efficiently use a greater supply of energy,” he added.
Through the partnership, GE and XD will offer end-to-end T&D solutions to meet growing demand for electricity in the emerging economies of the Middle East where demographic and urbanization trends are creating a need to build out the current grid infrastructure.
According to United Nation’s projections, the urban population in the Mena region is set to be over 280 million by 2020, of an estimated total of 430 million people – accounting for an increase in urban population by 65 per cent.
This increase will require sustained electrical infrastructure investments to support water, power, energy and telecommunications systems. The rise in global electricity demand and population growth is economic drivers leading the expansion of the $100 billion T&D industry.
To prevent grid disruptions and build a strong, resilient grid, utilities will be able to expand their T&D systems with HV transformers, circuit breakers, HV breakers, gas-insulated switchgear and other HV equipment to improve reliability.
Modernization of electrical systems is contributing to the industry’s growth, driven by new requirements to integrate renewable and distributed power sources – an ideal fit to the Middle East region, where more governments are setting ambitious renewable energy targets through a diversified energy mix.
The electrification of industrial processes in energy-intensive industries, such as mining and metals, will also drive electrical infrastructure investments as they upgrade their equipment to improve the efficiency of their operations.
“Global grid modernization investments will grow by 10 percent over the next five years. This is a growth trend we are prepared to support and have begun to engage customers in fast growth regions,” said Robert Turko, general manager, Power Delivery, at GE’s Digital Energy Business.
“We are not only bringing increased technology capabilities to the region through holistic solutions to meet power needs from generation to consumption, but we also have a local team on the ground focused on regional trends and partnering with customers from day one.” – TradeArabia News Service