GE supplying mobile power to Oman
By Jack Burke12 July 2021
80 MW available until area is connected to main grid
GE Gas Power build, own and operate a power plant equipped with four mobile TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines for the Marafiq power company in Oman.
Rural electricity company Tanweer will purchase the power generated at the new plant in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. Tanweer is an Oman government-owned company mandated to provide power in various regions of the country, including the Special Economic Zone in Duqm. These four units will be made available to provide up to 80 MW of power. GE is expected to commission the plant in as little as five months’ time. The facility will then be operated for a minimum of three years, until the area is connected to the main 400 kV grid.
The TM2500 units will replace power currently generated by diesel generators in Duqm. This will lead to significant environmental benefits, as generating 80 MW of gas-based power instead of diesel-based power, is estimated to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90 000 tons per year, GE said.
“GE’s TM2500 solution is an excellent fit for this new project at Duqm,” said Hamed Ali Al Wahibi, GM Business Development & Strategy at Marafiq. “The technology offers a reliability rate of over 99% and more than 20 years of proven experience with over 300 units installed around the world and we believe it can bring significant benefits to Duqm.”
GE’s TM2500 solution can provide a baseload bridge to permanent power installations; generate backup power in the wake of plant shutdowns, grid instability or natural disasters; and be installed at isolated locations. It also offers significant flexibility, operating on a wide variety of fuels including natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and distillate liquid fuel; offering a quick start time of five minutes; and the ability to ramp up power output at 20 MW per minute.
“Access to dependable power enables growth, health and connectivity and we are honored to support Marafiq and Tanweer on their journey to further strengthen and decarbonize the power sector in Duqm,” said Joseph Anis, president & CEO of GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The project illustrates how switching from diesel or oil-fueled power generation to gas can help power producers to generate more sustainable electricity, without compromising on the reliability, flexibility and affordability of power supply.”