GE’s HA technology is gaining increasing popularity in the Middle East as well. Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) in the UAE will use three HA units to power its upcoming 1.8 gigawatts (GW) combined cycle power plant located in Hamriyah. The flagship project is expected to be the most efficient power plant in the Middle East’s utilities sector upon completion. Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) is deploying three GE HA gas turbines to power the world’s largest single-site smelter. The high operational flexibility offered by the technology, which can ramp power production up and down quickly, can also help to enhance grid stability in countries such as the United Arab Emirates that has set aggressive targets to add more supplies of intermittent renewable power to their energy mix.
“Our HA’s popularity and operational momentum for customers around the world is something GE is very proud of, and we are thrilled to introduce the next industry leader for 60-hertz locations,” said Scott Strazik, CEO of GE’s Gas Power business. “We look forward to providing power plant operators globally with the benefits of this incredible turbine.”
Today, GE’s HA gas turbines have achieved several notable milestones: the 40 HA units in commercial operation across the globe have achieved more than 415,000 operating hours, supplying more than 18 GW of power, or the equivalent electricity needed to power more than 13.5 million US homes. GE has secured the orders for its HA units from 40 customers across more than 18 countries. The HA turbine has also been recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 50-hertz and 60-hertz energy segments.