GE awarded $200 million to keep plant online

GE has signed a $200 million contract with ITM Operation and Maintenance Company Ltd to provide planned maintenance services at the Umm Al Nar Power and Water Plant in Abu Dhabi.

GE Power Systems has signed a contractual service agreement (CSA) with ITM Operation and Maintenance Company Limited (ITM O&M Co Ltd) for the Umm Al Nar Power and Water Plant in Abu Dhabi.

Valued at more than US$200 million, the agreement calls for GE to provide planned maintenance services for a period of up to 23 years for the five GE Frame 9FA gas turbines at the Umm Al Nar site.

Jointly owned by International Power PLC and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), ITM O&M Co Ltd has been commissioned to operate and maintain the Umm Al Nar power plant, which will begin commercial operation in 2005. It is the first facility in the Gulf region to use GE’s F technology gas turbines.

According to a statement, GE will provide performance guarantees regarding output, heat rate and planned outage duration for the Frame 9FA gas turbines throughout the term of the contract.

Jean-Claude Nasr, GE Power Systems’ region leader for contractual services sales, Africa, India and Middle East, said, ‘Under our CSA program, we identify and share common goals with our customers to optimise plant availability and overall plant performance and output, and promote maximum efficiency of the machines.’

‘Because we routinely maintain thousands of turbines, our service teams can adopt procedures that have been successful elsewhere while our advanced monitoring and diagnostics tools identify trends and help reduce the risk of unplanned maintenance,’ he added.

The Umm Al Nar power and water project, the largest of its kind in the Middle East with a total project cost of approximately $2.1 billion, was recently acquired from Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADWEA).

The existing plant will be expanded, increasing its power generation capacity from 850 to 1,550 megawatts, in addition to its desalination capacity.