GE to Deliver Turnkey Grid Substation to One of the World’s Largest Desalination Plants in Saudi Arabia
In a huge advance on the side of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's water infrastructure, GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business [NYSE: GE] was granted an agreement by ACCIONA to supply designing, manufacturing, development and commissioning solutions in the Red Sea waterfront city of Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia, home to one of the world's biggest desalination plants. The plant, which will give fresh water to over 1.8 million individuals, is relied upon to be finished in 2021.
Through this arrangement with ACCIONA – part of the consortium driving the improvement of the undertaking, which incorporates Marubeni, Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Company – GE will give a 380/132 kV GIS substation, including power transformers, Grid Automation and telecommunication systems that will finish the power association in the Shuqaiq zone, giving capacity to the new desalination plant loads.
Shuqaiq 3, which once finished will be one of the world's biggest reverse osmosis desalination plants, will in the end produce 450,000 cubic meters of water, or enough to fill 180 Olympic-size pools every day.
Jesús Sancho, general executive at ACCIONA in the Middle East, stated: "Finding the correct partners is vital to guaranteeing both the suitability and maintainability of these undertakings of basic national significance. As Saudi Arabia keeps on concentrating on advancement of center foundation, we are lucky to be in a situation to join forces with GE to enable the Kingdom to understand its objectives. The effect of Shuqaiq 3 will be felt for a considerable length of time to come, and we are glad to have an influence in its establishment."
The association with ACCIONA is the subsequent desalination venture by GE's Grid Solutions business in the Kingdom since 2018, having recently driven the Rabigh project as Saudi Arabia pushes toward verifying imperative water services as a major aspect of its comprehensive and multi-segment approach in Vision 2030.
Mohammed Mohaisen, President and CEO, GE's Grid Solutions business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, stated: "With a dream as aspiring and all-encompassing as that in Saudi Arabia, there is the need to guarantee a reasonable way to deal with the advancement of significant tasks related with it, one which blends the fundamental innovation with basic local expertise. We are excited to utilize our over 70 years of local expertise in Saudi Arabia and our grid technology in serving a large number of individuals all through the country."
GE has more than 80 years of association in the Kingdom with more than 4,000 employees, with about 50 percent of the talent in highly skilled engineering and technology roles. GE has constructed a progressed modern biological system that incorporates a developing local supply chain, with noteworthy organizations and investments on the side of the Kingdom in its economic expansion objectives, including building localized manufacturing competencies.