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GE Turbines for UAE Power Plant

Posted on February 16, 2006

Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) has selected GE Energy's gas turbine technology for the Hamriyah Power Station, located in the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). GE will supply four Frame 9E gas turbines for phase one of the simple cycle, base load power plant, which will add 380 MW of capacity to the Sharjah electricity grid. The primary fuel will be natural gas.

The UAE has demonstrated strong growth in electricity demand in recent years. Annual growth peaked at 14.1 percent in 2004, and continued to be strong in 2005 with an increase of more than 12 percent. The Sharjah project is part of the UAE's plan to meet this growing demand by nearly doubling its current installed capacity from about 11 000 to 20 000 MW by 2020.

The gas turbines will be manufactured at GE Energy's facilities in Belfort, France, with the four machines scheduled for shipment between February and June of 2006. The new gas turbines will enter commercial service between June of 2006 and March of 2007.

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