In the first agreement, GE Energy has received a contract to supply gas turbine-generators for the 960MW expansion of the Rabigh power plant in Rabigh City, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The project is part of the Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) initiative to provide additional power to support the region’s economic and population growth.

In addition to the Frame 7EA gas turbines at the Rabigh site, GE’s scope of supply includes Type 7A6 generators, technical advisory services during installation and spare parts. The engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project is the National Contracting Company, based in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

The gas turbines and generators will be manufactured at GE Energy’s facilities in Greenville, South Carolina, and Schenectady, New York, respectively.

Joseph Anis, GE Energy’s region executive for the Middle East, said: These projects are part of SEC’s on-going efforts to meet the region’s soaring power demand.