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GE Energy Signs US$500 Million in Equipment & Service Contracts for Bahrain’s Largest Power Plant

Posted on June 11, 2009

GE Energy reported that it has signed contracts totaling more than US$500 million to supply advanced power generation equipment and long-term services for the Al Dur Independent Water and Power Project, the largest power plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Developed to help meet Bahrain’s growing water and power requirements, the plant is located in the Al Dur area on the Kingdom’s southeastern coast. The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority is planning additional capacity expansions over the next 20 years to support the country’s reported power demand growth rate at 7-10% per year. When completed, the plant is expected to provide 1250 MW of power, which would account for 30% of the Kingdom’s existing electricity grid output, as well as 48 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.

GE Energy is supplying two steam turbines and four heavy-duty Frame 9FA gas turbines, which are equipped with GE advanced emission control technologies. GE also has signed a 20-year contractual service agreement (CSA) contract for the project, which will support the long-term operability and performance of the turbines. Under the terms of the CSA, GE Energy will supply parts, repairs and provide field services for planned and unplanned maintenance for the gas turbine-generators and accessory equipment. The CSA also guarantees the availability of power, which is especially critical during the summer months.

“As the first installation of our F-class gas turbines in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Al Dur project demonstrates our commitment to deliver advanced technology solutions and services to support the Kingdom’s growing power and water needs, which are critical to providing its citizens with a high quality of life,” said Steve Bolze, president and CEO of GE Energy’s Power & Water business.

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