Kuwait Vision 2035 aims to transform the country into a financial and trade hub and attract foreign investment. As part of this transformation, Kuwait will need new power capacity to meet its growing energy needs and support a decarbonized energy future. The country also plans to diversify its energy mix by increasing its share of renewable generation to 15% of its total electricity production by 2030.
GE has the solution to support Kuwait’s anticipated growth in renewable energy and its transition to a lower carbon energy future: The 9HA gas turbine. Reliable, proven, hydrogen-capable and flexible to complement intermittent renewable energy sources, this powerful gas turbine can help keep the lights on and contribute to a healthier environment for the people of Kuwait for many years to come.
Highly reliable and efficient to run, the 9HA gas turbine can help deliver the lowest cost per kWh as compared to other gas turbine technologies. In fact, the 9HA can deliver more than 64% net efficiency in combined-cycle operation.
Our gas turbines can also run on a variety of liquid and gaseous fuels, including fuels that contain hydrogen, making them a good solution to help meet Kuwait’s current and future decarbonization goals. The 9HA gas turbine’s operational flexibility can help the country meet its ambitious renewable targets by providing firm, on-demand power that can be ramped up or down quickly to complement more variable supplies of renewable energy and stabilize the grid. The 9HA fleet also has experience operating in the harshest environments, so customers can be confident in having security of supply for their end users.
The highly efficient, air-cooled 9HA gas turbine is an industry leader in the H-class space, delivering exceptionally low lifecycle costs per megawatt.
The 9HA gas turbine is an industry leader in the H-class space, delivering exceptionally low lifecycle costs per megawatt. Over its lifecycle, total cost of ownership of the 9HA gas turbine is 5% lower than GE’s F-class—driven by lower capex, simplified configuration, decreased fuel cost from industry-leading efficiency, and extended maintenance intervals and reduced maintenance cost for H-class technology.
GE’s H-Class combined-cycle power plant has industry-leading flexibility and full combined-cycle plant load in less than 30 minutes, making it a great complement to intermittent renewable sources.
The 9HA’s DLN 2.6e combustion system offers a step change in performance, emissions, and fuel flexibility. The DLN 2.6e maintains many of the elements of GE’s DLN 2.6+ combustion system and introduces advanced premixing for reduced NOx emissions while enabling high plant efficiency. Its advanced premixer enables expanded fuel flexibility to operate on both “rich” and “lean” gaseous fuels, a 50% hydrogen (H2) capability with a technology pathway to 100%, a gas turbine turndown to more than 30% load, and an optional park mode at 7-15% load, further reducing customers’ operating costs.
Installing a gas turbine in your plant shouldn’t involve any unknowns. Across our HA fleet, each original turbine is put through several rigorous full-speed, full-load (FSFL) validation test at our Greenville, South Carolina facility. This $200 million investment allows us to push the units beyond real-world conditions—running the turbines at 110% of their rated speeds at load and replicating the harshest conditions. This type of extreme testing is possible because the gas turbine operates independently from the restriction of the power grid, enabling a much wider testing envelope than an on-grid facility.
GE is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that has been previously recognized by a 3rd party for setting two world records for powering the most efficient plant in an H-class combined-cycle (CC) application: 63.08% gross CC efficiency at Chubu Electric’s Nishi Nagoya power plant in Japan (7HA, 60Hz), and 62.22% net CC efficiency at EDF’s Bouchain power plant in France (9HA, 50Hz).
In 2021, Southern Power Generation’s 1.4 GW Track 4A power plant, a natural gas-fired power plant in southern Malaysia—equipped with the first commercial GE 9HA gas turbines—was recognized by POWER Magazine as their “2021 Power Plant of the Year” and by Diesel & Gas Turbine WORLDWIDE as “Power Plant of the World”, a meaningful model for balancing climate awareness, energy affordability, and reliability.
In addition, GE’s HA technology was adopted at China Huadian Corp’s Juliangcheng plant to help accelerate the retirement of existing coal-fired capacity and replace it with new, highly efficient combined-cycle gas turbines—an important role that earned POWER Magazine’s “ReinventionAward”.
GE introduced the first HA-class gas turbine in 2014 with the first 50Hz HA in commercial operation in 2016. GE’s HA technology has been operating in our H-class fleet for ~5 years and has accumulated more than 1M operating hours (as of July 2021). GE’s HA portfolio is the world’s fastest-growing fleet in its class with more than 129 gas turbines ordered by 50+ customers across 20 countries.
GE’s H-class gas turbine packaging leverages a lean, modular, prefabricated approach engineered to achieve:
The gas turbine enclosure features modular architecture with valves, piping, and electrical systems packaged into stackable modules, which allows for simultaneous installations as well as reduced safety concerns and delays due to interfering tasks.
Since GE gas turbines run on a variety of liquid and gaseous fuels (including hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels) and have helped set world records for efficiency, units like the 9HA have the operating agility to help bring Kuwait Vision 2035 to life.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are committed to accelerating decarbonization efforts. The strategic and urgent deployment of renewables and gas, while transitioning away from liquid fuels, can contribute to this goal rapidly and at scale to secure a more reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy future in the region.
Learn about the current energy landscape, the evolution of the role of gas, and how it can serve as a lower-emission and affordable solution to support long-term plans for decarbonization.
Learn about the use of hydrogen and unlocking its potential so that it can be a reliable source of fuel going forward.
Kuwait's successful transition to a new decarbonized landscape will require that plant operators not only have the most efficient technology, but also the right digital tools to help improve performance and drive operational priorities across the fleet, regardless of OEM.
With GE’s digital solutions you will be able to:
GE is committed to fueling Kuwait’s growth through development of local talent in high value sectors like engineering, and we work with local SMEs and suppliers. Our technologies support Kuwait’s diverse energy mix by providing more reliable and flexible power.
The GE Kuwait Technology Center (GEKTC) is a first-of-its-kind GE facility outside of North America and includes the following centers: Tooling, Training, and Research and Development (R&D). The Center was inaugurated in 2016 with a vision of developing technology, innovation, and skills development in the power sector to help to foster competitiveness, support sustainable economic growth, and build local capabilities. Today, the GEKTC provides customers and partners from all over the world with theoretical and hands-on training, tooling programs that support the maintenance and modification of GE and non-GE equipment, and the first troubleshooting and simulation laboratory in the Middle East.
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Together with New Fortress Energy, GE Gas Power announced that Long Ridge Energy in Ohio will be the first purpose-built, hydrogen-burning power plant in America—and the first hydrogen blend in a GE H-class turbine worldwide.
long-term H2 target for the 7HA.02 gas turbine
of units globally burning H2 and low-BTU fuels use GE technology
“As one of the leaders in decarbonization for the gas turbine industry, we’re thrilled to work with Long Ridge and New Fortress Energy. This first-of-its kind, GE HA-powered project will drive cleaner energy through hydrogen, ultimately producing carbon-free power.”
CEO, GE Gas Power
Owned by the Sharjah Hamriyah Independent Power Company (SHIPCO), the 1.8 GW Hamriyah Independent Power Plant (IPP) is a key component of the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority’s (SEWA’s) 2030 Roadmap to boost installed capacity to 4,600 megawatts. GE’s HA technology is expected to help make the Hamriyah project the most efficient power plant in the Middle East’s utilities sector once it is complete.
in projected carbon dioxide emission reduction compared to current levels
of service agreements
"The delivery of GE’s H-Class gas turbines at the Hamriyah Power Plant marks a significant milestone for the region’s utility sector. It brings us one step closer to delivering on our commitment to provide on-demand, affordable power to meet the needs of Sharjah, and to reduce the environmental impact of power generation activities in the emirate."
Chairman of SEWA
Alor Gajah’s 2,242 MW plant is Malaysia’s largest combined-cycle gas turbine power plant. Now running three combined-cycle blocks of GE 9HA gas turbines, a new heat recovery steam generator, and a steam turbine, Alor Gajah can provide up to 10% of the country’s energy needs.
capacity of three combined-cycle blocks
net efficiency in combined-cycle mode
"The starring equipment comes from General Electric. We’re using GE’s latest technology in the gas turbine sector to generate enough power to light up 10% of the country’s electricity requirements."
Datuk Mohamad Nor Ali
Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd, Chief Operations Officer
Earlier this year, Southern Power Generation’s gas-fired Track 4A Power Plant (Sultan Ibrahim Power Plant) went online with 1,440 MW. The plant, located in Pasir Gudang, an industrial city at the southern tip of Malaysia, consists of two generating blocks, each equipped with a 9HA gas turbine and an STF-D650 steam turbine, driving a W88 generator, and, for the first time installed in an H-Class plant, a GE once-through (OT) heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). Track 4A was recently declared POWER Magazine’s 2021 Power Plant of the Year.
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After a 45-year partnership, GE and France’s EDF unveiled the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant. With an efficiency of 62.22%, the Bouchain plant runs on GE’s 9HA gas turbine, helping to deliver a world record, and setting the stage for the next-generation 9HA model—the 9HA
combined-cycle capacity for the Bouchain plant
efficiency rating from EDF/GE partnership
"By commissioning this new generation thermal plant with GE, EDF demonstrates its intent to apply the best available technologies on the market to make its French thermal power plants more energy efficient, all while supporting the energy transition."
CEO of EDF
One of the largest natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plants in Europe, Agios Nikolaos uses GE’s HA gas turbines. The Voiotia plant will produce up to 826 MW, and alongside its thermal efficiency of 63+%, GE helps make it one of the continent’s most efficient power plants.
thermal efficiency rating of the Voiotia plant
proven operating hours of HA gas turbines
"GE’s technology, combined with the engineering and construction expertise of our EPC business unit METKA, will bring this large investment to life and help contribute significantly to Greece’s energy security and stability."
President and CEO of MYTILINEOS
PGE ordered two GE 9HA gas turbines for its Dolna Odra power plant. When the facility goes live in 2023, its two high-efficiency/lower-emission turbines will help stabilize the regional grid—which relies on renewables—and is projected to curb CO2 emissions by an annual two to three million tons.
power equivalent of one million Polish households
projected annual reduction in CO2 emissions
"PGE’s investments in modern coal-based energy are enhancing the country’s energy security and facilitating a gradual replacement of old capacities in the system. GE’s turbines boost us by nearly one-third in efficiency and bring the country’s CO2 emissions down by some 2.5 million tons."
PGE’s Chief Executive Officer
GE (in partnership with EDF in France) introduced the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, powered by GE’s HA gas turbine.
Get an inside look at the technology and innovation advancements that led to the development of the 9HA