GE Power hosted Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference

GE Photo Release - GE Showcases Commitment to Powering Pakistan at Tech Conference (Dec 09, 2019)

Islamabad(Cliff News)GE Power hosted the Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference in Islamabad,welcoming government officials, industry experts, power plant owners and operators,consultants, and others. The event highlighted the contributions of GE’s 9HA gas turbine technology and teams in meeting Pakistan’s energy needs and strengthening community infrastructure.Access to affordable, reliable, flexible and sustainable electricity is critical to growing economies and fundamental to improving quality of life in the modern world. Equipped with two units each of GE’s 9HA gas turbines, Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited’s (QATPL’s) Bhikki, and National Power Parks Management Company’s (NPPMCL’s)Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki power plants have now been operational for over a year. The projects can generate up to 3,600megawatts (MW) in total, the equivalent electricity needed to supply over 7 million Pakistani homes. Together, the plants have achieved over 80,000 operating hours to date, helping to meet a significant part of the country’s previous energy gap. They have also delivered the highest net efficiency levels of any gas power plant in the country – up to 62.44% at Haveli Bahadur Shah – leading to the least cost conversion of gas to electricity, as well as lower fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions per megawatt of power generated.Speaking at the event, Arif Saeed, Chairman Service Industries and former Chairman of the Boards of QATPL and NPPMCL said, “The Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki projects were executed at the lowest per MW engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) costs in Pakistan’s history, with the highest levels of efficiency. The project, fuel and operations and maintenance savings over the lifetime of the plants come up to $7.5 billion, benefiting millions of Pakistanis for years to come. The strict adherence to public procurement rules and the adoption of GE’s 9HA technology played a critical role in helping to unlock these benefits.”Today, GE’s HA technology is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines in the world, having achieved several notable milestones. Over 100 units of the technology have been ordered globally from more than 40 customers across over 18 countries. The HA turbine has also been recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 50-hertz and 60-hertz energy segments.The high operational flexibility offered by the technology, which can ramp power production up and down quickly, can also help to enhance grid stability in countries such as Pakistan that are adding more intermittent supplies of renewable power to their energy mix.Moreover, GE continues to invest in the advancement of its HA technology, launching the 7HA.03, the world’s largest, most-efficient, highest-capacity 60-hertz gas turbine. It offers up to 134 MW more than GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbine and substantial improvements in three key areas: greater capacity and performance, enhanced flexibility, and lower capital costs and installation time. The new 7HA.03 will power Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Dania Beach Clean Energy Center near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Beyond bringing industry-leading solutions to Pakistan, GE continues to build on a vibrant spirit of volunteerism andcommunity service in the country. Recently, GE Power’s team at the Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant undertook refurbishment and repair works at the Government Girls High School Haveli Bahadur Shah in district Jhang. They also provided much-needed school supplies, furniture and water coolers. More than 980girls study at the school and benefited from the activities. Dr. Firdous Kosar, the principal of the school said, “We are thankful for GE’s generous contributions, which have helped to create a more comfortable learning environment for our students and illustrate their commitment to improving the lives of our future generations.”“GE has been honored to support the development of Pakistan’s infrastructure for more than fifty years. In the power sector, we have provided advanced solutionsto utilize various energy sources, including natural gas, coal, wind, hydro, and others,” said Adel Masaad, General Manager of GE Power in the Gulf and South Asia.“Today, GE-built technologies can generate up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity. We remain committed to building further on this legacy by continuing to bring leading technologies to Pakistan, creating the infrastructure needed for faster socio-economic development, nurturing local talent, andvolunteering for community-building efforts.”

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 Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. 


GE provide four 9f gas turbines at Iraqi Ministry of Electricity

GE Photo Release - GE Iraq Besmaya Phase 3 Award (Sep 16, 2019)

Karachi(Cliff News)Under the guidance of the Iraqi Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Adel Abdul Mahdi, the patronage of the Iraqi Minister of Electricity, H.E. Dr. Luay al-Khatteeb and in continuation of their dedicated efforts to strengthen Iraq’s power sector, Mass Energy Group Holding (MGH) and GE Power signed a new agreement that will help establish Phase 3 of the Besmaya Power Plant, taking the total capacity of the facility up to 4.5 gigawatts (GW). Under the scope of the agreement, GE will supply MGH with four 9F gas turbines and four generators to equip Besmaya Phase 3. The project has already been approved by Iraq’s Council of Ministers and MGH will supply electricity from the new extension of the plant to the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).The agreement was signed in the presence of H.E. Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb and John Rice, Chairman of GE Gas Power by Ahmad Ismail, Chairman of MGH and Joseph Anis, President and CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems and Power Services businesses in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.H.E. Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb said, “As the first independent power project in Central Iraq, Besmaya set benchmarks in public-private sector partnerships and contributions to Iraq’s electricity network. It has not only shown that Iraq can be an attractive destination for private sector investments in the energy sector but more importantly, it has played a critical role in helping the government to increase supplies of reliable, efficient, and affordable power to meet the needs of our citizens. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with MGH and GE through the further expansion of Besmaya Power Plant.”Besmaya Phase 3 is the largest new power plant by output to be added to Iraq’s national grid since 2014. The project is anticipated to bring another 1.5 GW of power online by 2021, with the first 500 megawatts (MW) scheduled to be added to the grid as early as next year. Up to 1,200 people are expected to be employed in the construction of Besmaya Phase 3. “At Mass Energy Group Holding, our mission is to make investments in the interests of the public by being an active contributor to the construction and development of Iraq’s power sector. In GE, we have found a reliable partner that is not only committed to the same values but also able to provide industry-leading technology, as well as world-class execution and service expertise on the ground in Iraq,” said Ahmad Ismail. “We are excited to start working on the next phase of Besmaya today and remain committed to partnering with the government and people of Iraq to keep addressing the country’s power generation needs in the future as well.”The agreement builds on a proven track record of successful power generation projects executed in collaboration between MGH and GE in Iraq. Besmaya is already the largest power plant in Iraq in terms of output and among the largest across the Middle East and North Africa. Phase 1 of Besmaya Power Plant is capable of generating up to 1.5 GW of power, while Phase 2 can already produce up to 1 GW and is expected to add up to another 500 MW as it starts combined cycle operations during the end of 2019 / early 2020. GE has provided eight 9F gas turbines and 4 steam turbines for the first two phases of Besmaya. Moreover, MGH and GE have earlier brought up to 4 GW of power online in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq through the Erbil, Duhuk, and Sulaymania projects.“On behalf of GE, I would like to thank MGH and the Ministry of Electricity for their continued trust in us,” said Joseph Anis. “GE has been honored to collaborate with various organizations to support the development of Iraq’s electricity sector for over 50 years. From being among the first to help rebuild power infrastructure in conflict-affected areas such as Diyala and Mosul, to providing equipment and services for Iraq’s first independent power plant, we have not just promised but continuously delivered on our commitment to help power progress for the people of Iraq.”with over 1,300 installed F-class machines exceeding 70 million operating hours, GE has the largest operating and most experienced F-class fleet in the world. GE’s F-class turbines are also able to achieve combined cycle efficiency levels of over 60 percent, which will help Iraq to increase the electricity generated per unit of fuel consumed and lower environmental impact per megawatt of power produced.GE has a sizeable presence in Iraq with up to 300 people across the country, up to 90 percent of them local Iraqis. Since 2011, the company has helped to bring 14 GW of power online across Iraq, including up to 1.4 GW in conflict affected areas such as Diyala and Mosul. Today, GE-built technologies can generate up to 55 percent of the country’s electricity.

Mass Group Holding:

Mass Group Holding aims to be an outstanding icon in the economic development of Iraq to achieve prosperity for our people. The Group strives to lead in building and developing the infrastructure of Iraq. MGH is committed to generating sufficient energy and resources and ensuring environmental sustainability through highly efficient practices and a safe working environment by complying with all legal and technical requirements relating to Health, Safety & Environment. Today, Mass Global Holding generates over 8,500 MW of power including 4,500 MW in Baghdad and 4,000 MW in Kurdistan.

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 Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. 

GE announces Scholarship Award winner from Pakistan

Jhimpir (Cliff News)GE Renewable Energy and Tricon Boston Consulting Corporation Limited (TBCCL) open today the second emergency medical center in Jhimpir, Pakistan. This unprecedented initiative has been designed and implemented by Aga Khan Medical University Hospital, TBCCL and GE, which opened the first clinic in 2017 in the Thatta district.The Jhimpir corridor is located 95 kilometers inland from the coast in a semi-desert area, which makes access to necessary medical care for inhabitants difficult. Sapphire and GE Renewable Energy are operating and maintaining four wind farms in the area, the SWPCL and Tricon I, II and III wind farms,for a total capacity of 200 MW. These Emergency Medical Centers bring essential medical emergency services to the local community and wind power workforce in a timely manner.The 24/7 medical facility provides a high level of urgent medical services in this remote location. The clinic is equipped with high quality medical diagnostics and treatment equipment, a pharmacy and a CE certified ambulance, and can each treat up to 60 patients per day.“Developing a wind project also involves taking care of the surrounding communities.“ says Nadeem Abdullah, CEO Sapphire Wind Power Co Limited. “The medical center we opened three years ago has been beneficial for the community and we are glad to see a new one coming to life.““Wind Energy is growing in Pakistan and GE Renewable Energy has a strong presence in the country. It is important for us to make a positive contribution and investment to improving people’s lives and safety in the country” says Manar Al Moneef, President & CEO, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, GE Renewable Energy. “People’s safety is our priority and we are glad to partner with Sapphire, our largest wind power customer in Pakistan to support Jhimpir get easy access to medical services.”

GE announces scholarship award winner from Pakistan

Islamabad(Cliff News)GE (NYSE: GE) Renewable Energy – Hydro Solutions, recently announced the scholarship award winner from Pakistan. Hissam Karim, who is a student of National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) obtained a fully funded ‘Master in Hydraulic and Civil Engineering’ at the prestigious Institute National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP) in Grenoble, France. The ceremony took place in the presence of Henri Argenson, Deputy Director Global Hydro Projects Execution GE, Dr. Asif Raza, Pro Rector Academics NUST & Sébastien Cartier, Higher Education Attaché Cultural & Cooperation Department at the Embassy of France in Pakistan.Hissam Karim, who hails from Karimabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, was elected following a rigorous selection process from top engineering schools across Islamabad, Karachi, and Topi. The scholarship encompasses 100% of the costs for a two-year Master’s Program in France, covering tuition fees of INP Grenoble with all related travel and living costs, as well as an internship in GE Renewable Energy Hydro facilities in R&D and Engineering. The Embassy of France has also pledged to assist in the visa process and provide free of cost French lessons to facilitate the student.As part of its CSR initiative and leveraging its global technology expertise, GE is working to promote capacity-building of Pakistan’s energy sector workforce. In addition to the scholarship award, GE is also looking to introduce advanced training programs that will be offered to top engineering institutes of Pakistan, with an emphasis on hydropower, covering both engineering theory and practice, including GE’s digital portfolio as well as state-of-the-art Operations and Maintenance technology.The institute is based in Grenoble, a city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France and has always been at the forefront of development in energy technologies, with an emphasis on hydroelectric power.GE has been supporting the development of energy, transportation and healthcare infrastructure in Pakistan for more than 60 years. Today, GE-built technologies can generate the equivalent power needed to supply up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity.

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewable and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ giga watts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.


GE drives regional supply chain at power partnership summit

GE Photo Release - Power Partnership Summit Award Winners (May 06, 2019)

Karachi(Cliff News)GE (NYSE: GE) hosted the Power Partnership Summit in Dubai, UAE, convening over 150 representatives of organizations working across the power sector in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. The forum highlighted GE’s commitment to develop a robust supply chain to serve the region’s energy ecosystem as part of its strong footprint of regional services,repairs, manufacturing, projects and research initiatives.“Our collaborations with local organizations are a part of GE’s commitment to create high-quality jobs, further diversify the economy, strengthen indigenous supply chains and provide the infrastructure necessary for sustainable development across the region,” said Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems and Power Services businesses in the Middle East and South Asia.“With MENA’s demand for power expected to grow threefold by 2050, we must develop strong local capabilities and work together tobring more reliable, efficient and affordablepower online for the communities we serve.” In 2018, GE Power worked with over 1,200 suppliers, generating $500 million in business for them. Furthermore, suppliers had training and growth opportunities such as access to GE’s globally-recognized programs on quality, environment, health, integrity and safety standards, as well as exposure to industry-leading technologies and innovative projects.The Summit also included a ‘Key Suppliers’awards ceremony to recognize the achievements of vendors and contractors who delivered exceptionaloutcomes in 2018. Suppliers were assessed on thequality of goods and services provided, ensuring timely project execution, driving competitive costs, as well as overall collaboration. Winners included Algeria’s Maintenance Des Equipements Industriels (MEI), Egypt’s Kharafi National, Pakistan’s Etimaad Engineering and Saudi Arabia’s Al Mousa Company.GE has been present in Pakistan for over 50 years and its technologies generate up to 30 percent of the country’s power today. Together with its suppliers, customers and other partners, GE is continuously bringing industry-leading solutions to Pakistan, including the world’s most efficient gas turbines, equipment for the country’s first ultra-supercritical coal plant, innovative digital power plant solutions and more.











GE,CPGHC HUBCO achieve key milestones to power Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)GE delivered the first steam turbine for the 1,320 MW CPHGC power plant and helped synchronize it to the grid three months ahead of schedule, just 27 months after the project received notice to proceed.Under an agreement signed in 2016, GE is supplying the core power generation equipment for the project, which comprises two units each of supercritical boilers, steam turbine and generator sets. The project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors are Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co. Ltd. (NWEPDI) and Tianjin Electric Power Construction Company (TEPC).“CPHGC is the first overseas thermal power project developed by State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) under the Belt & Road Initiative. The 2X660MW coal-fired power project is a priority project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor,” said Mr. Zhao Yonggang, CEO, CPHGC. “We look forward to continuing our meaningful partnership with GE that promises to be beneficial for the power sector of Pakistan.”The CPHGC Power Plant, under a joint venture of China Power International Holding Limited (CPIH) with Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO), is expected to be in full commercial operation by the mid of 2019 and is one of the infrastructure ventures supported under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a large development mega project that aims to connect Gwadar Port in southern Pakistan to Xinjiang, China’s northwestern autonomous region, through transportation and energy networks. The project will help Pakistan diversify its energy mix and reduce dependence on expensive imported fuels, allowing a significant reduction of the cost of electricity generation in Pakistan.

Enhancing performance at the Hub Power Plant

The 1,292 MW Hub Power Plant is Pakistan’s first and largest independent power plant and has been the country’s most efficient steam power facility since 1997. HUBCO has launched a project to enhance the efficiency and life-cycle of the facility through retrofit works that replace the old existing turbine rotor and inner cylinder assemblies with advanced GE steam turbine technology within the old existing turbine casing.“Pakistan’s energy demands will continue to grow,and this warranted targeted retrofits of the steam turbine units to increase their output and long-term reliability while also extending their maintenance intervals. I am proud to share that we have completed retrofit works on a steam turbine at the Hub Power Plant, significantly enhancing the unit’s operational performance,” said Khalid Mansoor, CEO of Hubco. “These achievements mark significant progress towards delivering on Hubco and GE’s joint, long-term commitment to strengthen Pakistan’s power sector.”The retrofit of the first steam turbine is now complete, translating into an efficiency increase of more than 1.3 percent, over 3.5 percent fuel savings per kilowatt hour, greater mechanical reliability and lower emissions per megawatt hour of electricity generated. The unit has already started feeding more reliable and efficient power to the national grid.The project showcases GE’s ability to successfully retrofit steam turbines developed by other original equipment manufacturers(oOEM) and the benefits that such services offer power plant owners and operators.“The modernization and improved utilization of existing power generation facilities offers a cost-effective route to enhance energy output and the reliability of electricity supplies across Pakistan,” said Michael Keroulle, President & CEO of GE Steam Power business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. “The successful delivery of both new equipment at the CPHGC and upgrade services at Hub Power Plants, respectively,illustrates GE’s continuous commitment and ability to support customers with end-to-end solutions that enhance performance across the life-cycle of projects.”“With Pakistan’s energy needs continuing to grow, we will need a holistic mix of advanced equipment, maintenance services and modernization works to better position the country to meet future energy challenges,” said Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO of GE Pakistan and Afghanistan. “From the world’s most efficient gas turbines and steam turbines, through modern renewable technologies up to first-of-their-kind retrofit works for installed thermal power plants and innovative digital industrial solutions, GE is proud to serve Pakistan with advanced, tailored solutions that address the specific requirements of the country.”GE’s steam turbines equip up to 30 percent of coal-fired steam power plants and 50 percent of nuclear power plants around the world. In Pakistan, GE has supported the development of energy infrastructure for more than 50 years and today, GE-built technologies can generate the equivalent power needed to supply up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity.

Wabtec completes successful merger with GE Transportation

Karachi(Cliff News)Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) announced today it has completed its merger with GE Transportation, a former business unit of GE (NYSE: GE).This merger establishesWabtec as a Fortune 500, global transportation and logistics leader by combining Wabtec’s broad range of freight, transit and electronics products with GE Transportation’s best-in-class equipment, services and digital solutions in the locomotive, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries.  Wabtec has also been notified that it will now be included in the S&P 500 Index.Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and CEO, said: “We are very excited to complete the merger of our two companies.This is aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together nearly four centuries of collective experience to create a technologically advanced leader with a highly complementary set of capabilities to move and improve the world. Our teams have made significant progress in integration planning, and this process has only strengthened our confidence in the value creation potential of the combination.Today, we are a stronger, more diversified company ready to better serve customers across the globe and capitalize on new growth opportunities at an attractive point in the cycle.”The combined company, which is expected to have revenues of more than $8 billion in 2019, has a compelling growth profile, especially as market conditions improve in the industries it serves. Wabtec brings to market a robust installed base of more than 23,000 locomotives globally, an expanded global reach, a strong mix of products and services, as well as enhanced capabilities to drive innovation faster in key growth areas. The company’s culture and experienced global workforce will leverage the common values of innovation, collaboration, inclusiveness, andLean and continuous improvement, to help solve its customers’ toughest challenges.Rafael Santana, who served as president and CEO of GE Transportation and is now president and CEO of Wabtec’s Freight segment, said: “Our shared focus on innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement will enable us to unlock new value for our shareholders, customers, employees and the industry. Together we are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities created by industry trends toward efficiency and improved performance and, with the merger complete, we are focused on leveraging our complementary portfolios to spur growth.”
The strategic combination of complementary portfolios is expected to:Create a leading equipment, aftermarket services and digital solutions provider across the transportation sector:The company can accelerate lifecycle solutions for the transportation industry and unlock significant productivity for customers by improving interoperability, efficiency and competitiveness. Wabtec expects to benefit from the cyclical tailwinds the industry saw in 2018, including volume growth of 38 million carloads and intermodal units; Improve utilization and accelerate path to automation: The seamless combination of GE Transportation’s digital solutions and analytics systems with Wabtec’s electronic systems and Positive Train Control (PTC) capabilities, is expected to improve safety, efficiency and productivity across the transportation industry and accelerate railroads’ path to advanced train automation.According to the Association of American Railroads, automation will help improve network velocity and fluidity, potentially saving railroads billions of dollars annually; Deliver improved customer outcomes through expanded monitoring and services: Together, the combined company will have an expanded footprint of skilled technicians and repair shops that will result in a simpler customer interface and a more streamlined services experience. This enhanced capability is expected to drive significant productivity for customers by delivering improved cycle time, lower production costs and better asset performance. Proactive performance monitoring can also be improved by integrating Wabtec products within locomotive control systems and by leveraging GE Transportation’s expansive remote monitoring and diagnostics systems. Combining GE Transportation’s constant monitoring of messages from 17,000 locomotiveswithmonitoring of Wabtec’s passenger and shunter locomotives can make for a smarter, more efficient and safer transportation system. Drive increased value for shareholders:Investors are expected to benefit from ownership of a stronger, more diverse business better positioned to perform through the cycle, with expanded margins, expected average double-digit EPS growth and synergies of about $250 million. The combined company has a multi-year backlog of more than $23 billion.With this transaction, GE sold a portion of GE Transportation assets to Wabtec, spun off a portion of GE Transportation to GE shareholders and then GE Transportation merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of Wabtec. Wabtec shareholders own approximately 50.8% of Wabtec on a fully diluted basis and GE shareholders own approximately 24.3% of Wabtec on a fully diluted basis.GE owns common stock and non-voting convertible preferred stock, which together represent approximately a 24.9% economic interest in Wabtec on a fully diluted basis. GE also received approximately $2.9 billion in cash at closing.