GE Power Systems has signed a Contractual Service Agreement (CSA) with ITM Operation and Maintenance Company for the Umm Al-Nar Power and Water Plant in Abu Dhabi.
Valued at more than $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, reported a press release.
Jointly owned by International Power PLC and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), ITM O&M Co. has been commissioned to operate and maintain the Umm Al-Nar power plant, which will begin commercial operations in 2005. The new plant is the first facility in the Gulf region to use GE's Frame F turbine technology.
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. In addition, the program includes all service, labor, parts, and repairs for planned and unplanned maintenance, along with performance guarantees tailored to the plant.
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 megawatts to 1,550 megawatts, in addition to its desalination capacity.
GE has been active in the Gulf since 1933. Its activities in the region are conducted through direct presence, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and a wide network of distributors. GE has completed strategic projects in various hi-tech industrial sectors, defense-related contracts and major infrastructure developments. — (menareport.com)
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