GE Renewable Energy said its Grid Solutions business has secured a long-term maintenance contract from Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water for 54 substations of different voltage levels – including 132 and 300 kV units – located across the country. A major unit of GE, the Grid Solutions equips utilities and industries to bring power reliably and efficiently from the point of generation to end-users.
This is the largest contract of its kind and underlines the in-country strength of GE’s Grid Services to meet the requirements of the ministry in maintaining the operational efficiency of its electricity infrastructure. For the next five years, GE’s Grid Solutions will ensure the planned maintenance of these substations in addition to emergency intervention for smooth operation.
Awarding the contract to GE also builds on the company’s proven track-record of successfully delivering a similar three-year contract, signed in 2016, with the ministry for the inspection, state-of-the-art testing, repair, total maintenance and supply of spares for 54 GIS. On the big win, Mohammed Mohaisen, the President and CEO of GE’s Grid Solutions, Mena, Turkey and SSA region, said: “The service agreement, the largest of its kind for us in Kuwait, is a testament to our competencies in meeting the requirements of the ministry.
With a strong track-record of delivering long-term maintenance contracts in the country, we will focus on ensuring the timely maintenance of the substations, providing emergency services, and supplying spare parts for preventive and corrective maintenance,” noted Mohaisen. “We are committed to supporting the Ministry in delivering its goal of providing reliable power supply across the nation,” he added.
According to him, GE is a long-term partner in driving the growth of Kuwait’s power generation sector. “Our investments in Kuwait include the GE Kuwait Technology Center, that serves three core areas for energy sector customers across the MEA region – training, tooling and engineering. GE Power operates a Monitoring & Diagnostics Center at the GE Kuwait Technology Center, a facility that provides advanced training, timely customer service and maintenance support,” he noted.
GE has delivered several key services contracts in the country, including the first asset performance management solution including dissolved gas analysis (DGA) monitoring the health condition of a transformer fleet for the Ministry as well as deployed digital services to modernize the country’s grid infrastructure, stated Mohaisen. GE technologies deliver over a third of Kuwait’s power today and the company creates employment for more than 250 people in the country, he added.
Source: Trade Arabia
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