(EnergyAasia, August 1 2012, Wednesday) — Kuwait recently began commercial operation of phase two of its Sabiya combined cycle plant in time to meet its peak electricity demands during the hot summer months.

State-owned Sabiya, Kuwait’s largest power plant, operates on GE’s advanced gas turbine-generator technology to produce more than 2,000-megawatts (MW) of additional electricity for the grid.

Growing at up to 10% per year, Kuwait’s power demand could reach national peak load demand of 25,000 MW by 2025.

GE said it has been working with the government to drive operational efficiencies and capacity enhancements by providing its world-class technologies.

Last June, the US conglomerate and engineering giant said Sabiya’s first phase started up with six of its 9FA gas turbines operating in simple cycle mode to add nearly 1,400 MW to the grid. The second phase upgrade boosted the plant’s output to more than 2,000 MW, increasing Kuwait’s power generating capacity by nearly 20%.

The combined-cycle conversion enables the plant to increase its output without any increase in fuel consumption, boosting its operating efficiency. The increased power adds capacity to the country’s power generation to help fuel Kuwait’s robust business and residential growth.

The plant was constructed in cooperation with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea.

With the Sabiya plant in full commercial operation, GE Energy said its services team is supporting the station under a seven-year operation and maintenance agreement.

“The successful completion of phase two of the Sabiya combined cycle power project is a reflection of the Ministry of Electricity & Water’s commitment to provide reliable electricity for the people of Kuwait,” said Joseph Anis, president and CEO, GE Energy for the Middle East.

“Working closely with the Ministry for over 40 years, this very important conversion project demonstrates our growing commitment to support the electricity needs of the country with efficiency enhancing solutions that are also more flexible and scalable.”

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