Jun 18, 2009

GE Energy to Provide Equipment, Services for Water & Power Project in Bahrain

Al Dur Independent Water and Power Project will provide 1,250 megawatts of power and 48 mgd of desalinated water

GE Energy announced that it has signed contracts totaling more than $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% to 10% per year.

When completed, the plant is expected to provide 1,250 megawatts of power, which would account for 30% of the Kingdom’s existing electricity grid output, as well as 48 million imperial gal 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. Designed to increase the reliability of the power plant equipment, the CSA also guarantees the availability of power, which is especially critical during the summer months.