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Delivering During a Pandemic: GE Installs Upgrade to Enhance the Performance of ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais, UAE

July 20, 2020
  • GE Gas Power installed its MXL2 upgrade on a gas turbine, despite various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The upgrade has improved output by 10.7 MW.

Abu Dhabi, UAE; 20 July, 2020: GE Gas Power has enhanced the efficiency and performance of ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (UAE) by installing the MXL2 upgrade on a GT13E2 gas turbine. Planning and executing such an upgrade typically takes up to 18 months, but the project was completed within six months, despite significant challenges posed by the outbreak of coronavirus. The technology upgrade has increased the total output of the turbine by 10.7 megawatts (MW), using the same amount of fuel.

“At GE, we are committed to supporting our customers power through every challenge and were honored to collaborate with ADNOC Refining on this project,” said Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE Gas Power in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. “As organizations around the world explore options to balance the growing need for electricity against climate change concerns, upgrade solutions offer an effective and affordable means to increase power output and lower emissions per megawatt generated. GE is committed to continue investing in solutions that can enhance the performance of our existing installed base of more than 7,500 gas turbines globally as part of a comprehensive, economically-feasible decarbonization strategy.”

GE’s upgrade solutions can significantly enhance the performance and lower the operating costs of gas turbines. The MXL2 upgrade allows operators of GT13E2 gas turbines to achieve up to a 1.5 percent increase in combined cycle efficiency and extend inspection intervals up to 48,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH). The upgrade combines GE’s latest technology developments, and over 10 million operating hours of GT13E2 fleet experience.

The latest  upgrade at the General Utilities Plant follows the successful completion of similar upgrades on two other gas turbines at ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant in Ruwais over recent years.  

GE has contributed to the development of the energy sector in the Middle East and North Africa for over 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies generate up to 40 percent of the region’s power. The company’s investments in the region include a service center in the UAE that provides advanced maintenance, testing and repairs for generators and gas turbines. The center has served more than 50 customers from over 25 countries.



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About ADNOC Refining:

ADNOC Refining supplies more than 40 million metric tons of high-quality refined products to markets around the world. It refines up to 922,000 barrels of crude oil and condensate per day into a variety of products including, LPG, naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, gas oil, base oils, fuel oil, and petrochemical feedstocks such as propylene. It also produces specialty products such as carbon black and anode grade coke.

Its single-site refinery in Ruwais is the fourth largest in the world and is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery.  The company continually invests in new technologies to improve its facilities, boost productivity, and deliver operational efficiency. 


About GE:

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. 


About GE Gas Power:

GE Gas Power is a world leader in natural gas power technology, services, and solutions. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are providing more advanced, cleaner and efficient power that people depend on today and building the energy technologies of the future. With the world’s largest installed base of gas turbines and more than 200 million operating hours across GE’s installed fleet, we offer advanced technology and a level of experience that’s unmatched in the industry to build, operate, and maintain leading gas power plants. For more information, please visit and follow GE’s gas power businesses on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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