GE Driving Saudi Thermal Power Projects
US$23 million in orders awarded by Hyundai Heavy Industries
GE Power Conversion has won two orders to supply Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) with 24 MV7000 variable-speed drives (VSD) – each producing 18 MW – for its Jeddah South and Shuqaiq steam power plants in Saudi Arabia.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, awarded the contract. Each project consists of four 660 MW power blocks.
The MV7000 range supplied by GE will drive the boiler feed pumps – the main plant auxiliaries – minimizing effects on the supply network by controlling motor speed, torque and power as well as increasing efficiency over the plant’s operational life cycle, GE said.
MV7000 drives can support both induction and synchronous machines with high-performance vector control across all speed ranges, and customers can expect efficiency gains of approximately 10%, GE said. The company said the product range has eliminated complex mechanical components and provides a soft start that reduces voltage dips and starting shock to lessen required maintenance.