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GE, Kaust ink tie-up for turbine fuel research

RIYADH, January 15, 2015

GE and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (Kaust) have signed a cooperative research agreement to undertake cutting-edge research on enhancing the fuel flexibility of GE’s advanced gas turbines.

The collaborative research, led by Saudi-based international professionals and students from Kaust along with GE’s global team, will focus on the impact of using heavy liquid fuels on advanced gas turbines. The study aims to help advance the overall fuel flexibility of gas turbines, which in turn can positively impact power plant availability, enabling power producers to meet the growing demand for electricity in Saudi Arabia.

Bill Roberts, director, Kaust Clean Combustion Center, said: “Our goal is not only to shape a future generation of energy and industry-skilled professionals but also contribute to innovative technologies that are developed in the Kingdom. The research collaboration with GE will further strengthen our contribution to the Kingdom’s energy sector.”

The collaborative research project, scheduled to begin this year, is co-funded by GE and Kaust. Research results will be evaluated by GE experts to determine feasibility.

“This is a great opportunity to engage in collaborative research for an important aspect in advancing the energy sector of the Kingdom and supports the Ministry of Petroleum’s Liquid Hydrocarbon Energy initiative,” said Hisham Al Bahkali, GE President & CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

“Strengthening the fuel flexibility of GE’s advanced gas turbines will have far-reaching benefits for our partners in the electricity generation sector.

“Working with the Kaust team demonstrates our commitment to promote localized innovation, which is central to operations in the Kingdom. By sharing knowledge and potentially creating new technologies, we can contribute to increasing productivity and efficiency at the power plants in the Kingdom,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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