GE leads dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of Sabiya CCGT Power Sta­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

GE Power has com­pleted, ahead of sched­ule, the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of Kuwait Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter’s Sabiya Com­bined Cy­cle Gas Tur­bine (CCGT) Power Sta­tion. This will help to make the site’s oper­a­tions more re­li­able, while con­tribut­ing to its en­hanced per­for­mance at lower, more sus­tain­able costs. The project marks the first time that GE’s Predix-based soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions for in­dus­try are be­ing used in Kuwait.

En­gi­neer Mo­hammed Boshehri, Un­der­sec­re­tary of Kuwait’s Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter, said, “Our goal is to sup­port the na­tion’s fo­cus on strength­en­ing the en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture and help­ing achieve Vi­sion 2035 to trans­form Kuwait into a re­gional leader in all sec­tors. De­liv­er­ing re­li­able power and en­sur­ing that we have highly pro­duc­tive power as­sets is key in ac­com­plish­ing our goals. The dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of Sabiya CCGT, us­ing GE’s ad­vanced dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, aims to fur­ther strengthen re­source uti­liza­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Sev­eral plant as­sets at Sabiya CCGT, in­clud­ing com­bus­tion tur­bines, hy­dro­gen-cooled gen­er­a­tors, heat re­cov­ery steam gen­er­a­tors, steam tur­bines and con­densers, among oth­ers, were brought onto GE’s As­set Per­for­mance Man­age­ment (APM) soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion. The soft­ware lever­ages ad­vanced data an­a­lyt­ics to pre­dict and re­duce un­planned down­time, im­prov­ing power plant avail­abil­ity and out­put. As part of the dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion, GE in­stalled APM’s Ma­chine and Equip­ment Health Mo­d­ule, Re­li­a­bil­ity Man­age­ment Mo­d­ule and Mon­i­tor­ing and Di­ag­nos­tics Ser­vices.

“The dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of Sabiya CCGT Power Sta­tion high­lights our com­mit­ment to help un­lock the true po­ten­tial of Kuwait’s power in­fra­struc­ture,” said Joseph Anis, Pres­i­dent and CEO of GE’s Power Ser­vices busi­ness in the Mid­dle East and Africa. “Dig­i­tiz­ing power plants presents an op­por­tu­nity for both growth and cost sav­ings and we are proud to have com­pleted this land­mark project ahead of sched­ule to in­crease the plant’s up­time and en­hance its per­for­mance.”

APM is built on GE’s Predix, a data plat­form pur­pose-de­signed for the scale and com­plex­ity of in­dus­trial data. The APM so­lu­tion en­ables the Kuwaiti Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter to boost as­set re­li­a­bil­ity and avail­abil­ity at Sabiya CCGT by lever­ag­ing the power of the In­dus­trial In­ter­net - the in­te­gra­tion of big data an­a­lyt­ics with heavy ma­chin­ery. The con­nected ma­chines, equipped with data sen­sors, col­lect vast amounts of in­for­ma­tion into a cen­tral­ized and se­cured data plat­form. The anal­y­sis of this data pro­vides in­sights to pre­dict and di­ag­nose equip­ment prob­lems be­fore they hap­pen, thus re­duc­ing un­planned down­time.

The project builds on GE’s strong legacy of con­tri­bu­tions to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of Kuwait’s power gen­er­a­tion sec­tor. GE’s in­vest­ments in Kuwait in­clude the GE Kuwait Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, that serves three core ar­eas for en­ergy sec­tor cus­tomers across the Mid­dle East and Africa: train­ing, tool­ing and en­gi­neer­ing. GE tech­nolo­gies de­liver over a third of Kuwait’s power to­day and the com­pany cre­ates em­ploy­ment for more than 250 peo­ple in the coun­try.

Sabiya CCGT Power Sta­tion

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