Variable Speed Drives GE Supplies Technology for Saudi Water and Power Project

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GE provides electrical variable speed drives for the new Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, one of the country's important infrastructure projects. The plant shall help to cater the rising demand for energy and clean water in the region.

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MV7000 drives provided by GE’s Power Conversion business will help power the new Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
MV7000 drives provided by GE’s Power Conversion business will help power the new Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
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Jeddah/Saudi Arabia – GE's Power Conversion business will provide electrical variable speed drive (eVSD) technology including, motors and MV7000 drives, to help power the new Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. These new systems will increase the efficiency of the desalination plant, reducing the amount of energy needed to run the desalination process as well as the overall cost.

Upon completetion, the Yanbu 3 power and desalination shall provide 2,700 megawatts (MW) of reliable electricity and 550,000 m3/day of clean water for 8 million residents and businesses in the region. The project is owned and supervised by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and located 200 kilometers north of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.

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“A growing population, alongside strong growth in industry, makes meeting the region’s energy and water needs one of our greatest challenges. GE provides us with a reliable, economical, scalable and efficient infrastructure, and its focus on exceptional customer care means we can confidently meet the Kingdom’s utility needs now and in future,” said Abdul Hadi Al-Sheikh, Deputy Governor and Project Director of SWCC.

The Benefits of Variable Speed Drives

GE is supplying its MV7000 eVSD drive and electric motor equipment to pumps manufacturer KSB and its customer, local engineering, procurement and construction company Al-Toukhi. The equipment will be used to power the boiler feed pumps at SWCC’s new Yanbu 3 facility. The scope of supply includes 15 induction motors (17.1 MW each), 15 input transformers (23MVA) and 15 medium Voltage (MV) Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) 18 MW each.

GE’s eVSDs offers plant operators four key benefits over conventional equipment including greater energy savings, operation flexibility and reliability and lower maintenance costs. “Our research has shown that an 8 percent increase in energy efficiency will help save the region SR50 billion over 10 years, and we are committed to working with the Kingdom to deliver these savings,” said Sandro Malquori, General Manager, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey for GE’s Power Conversion business. “The selection of GE’s equipment for the Yanbu project reflects our significant role in eVSDs in the Middle East and around the world.”

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