GE’s TM2500 accelerates diesel-to-gas transition in Yemen
GE’s “power plant on wheels” will help Yemen’s state-owned PetroMasila transition from diesel to natural gas-based power generation.
PetroMasila needed a fast solution to bring much-needed power to Yemen, a country where the distribution and transmission system was severely damaged in an 8-year-long military conflict.
PetroMasila will install GE’s modular TM2500 “power plant on wheels” in Yemen’s Hadramout region to use previously flared excess methane from the oil exploration and extraction processes to create electricity.
lower flared methane gas emissions
homes can be powered with the TM2500
Ending routine flaring at our oil production site is vital, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to conserve the gas for the generation of electricity in communities which rely on less-sustainable fuels, like diesel, for their energy needs.
General Manager of PetroMasila
Mohammed Bin Sumait
In oil exploration and production, gas is burnt and vented to regulate dangerously high and variable pressures during extraction. Not only is this process economically wasteful but it also leads to environmental pollution, as it contains methane and hydrocarbons which contribute to increasing greenhouse gases globally.
Yemeni state-owned Masila Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (PetroMasila) supports the Yemeni economy by efficiently developing the country’s hydrocarbon resources, and also by taking steps to help secure reliable power for the people living in the area.
Because large-scale power projects take years to develop and build, PetroMasila needed a quicker solution to bring much needed power to the people of Yemen. Following on the heels of a successful installation of three GE TM2500 units at Block 10 in Yemen’s East Shabwa region in 2018, PetroMasila recently ordered a fourth TM2500 to be installed at Block 14 in the Hadramout region.
Block 14’s TM2500 unit will provide up to 34 megawatts (MW) of electricity, based on the site’s conditions. Once connected to the local grid, about half of the electricity produced from the TM2500 at Block 14 will be delivered to the grid while the remainder will be used for oil extraction and production. GE’s TM2500* aeroderivative gas turbine will help PetroMasila transition from diesel to natural gas-based power generation.
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