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Saudi Cement to upgrade gas turbines

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GE Power Services is to supply its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution to Saudi Cement, marking the first time ACP will be installed in the cement industry. The installation will upgrade Saudi Cement’s three existing GE 6B gas turbines at the Hofuf cement plant.

The upgrade will help Saudi Cement increase power output and efficiency, while reducing the need to draw power from the national grid. Overally, the upgrade will increase the combined output by a total of up to 16.9% across the three turbines.

“Power supply it both a key input and one of the major costs in our manufacturing process,” said Mohammed AlGarni, CEO of Saudi Cement. “Reliable, efficient electricity supply is thus essential to the continuous operations of our facility, as well as our competitiveness. GE;s ACP upgrade solution will allows up to improve efficiencies and become more self-sufficient in power production.”

In addition to its first application within the cement industry, the Saudi Cement project will see AGP applied to GE 6B turbines for the first time.

“In certain industrial applications, the need for more megawatts, efficiency and flexibility is paramount,” said Scott Strazik. “Our AGP technology can help cement companies like Saudi Cement increase their power capacity.”

The upgrade forms part of a national push to improve fuel utilisation in electricity generation. The Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program aims to improve fuel utilisation by 40% by 2020.

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