GE’s ‘power plant on wheels’ lights up Yemen

March 2017

GE has signed an agreement with Calik Enerji to support Yemen’s electricity infrastructure by supplying two units of its advanced TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine generators.

The units will generate up to 60 megawatts (MW) of electricity, helping to provide power quickly to meet the demand for electricity in Aden. They were shipped from GE’s facility in Hungary to Yemen and are currently under installation for power delivery before the upcoming summer, the company said.

GE and Calik Energy’s ability to execute the project within just a few months of signing the agreement, despite the challenging circumstances on the ground, will help Yemen in its efforts to supply essential infrastructure and rebuild the economy following a prolonged period of instability.

The project is being funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) for the Power Electricity Corporation (PEC) of Yemen’s Al Hiswa Power Plant.

Described as GE’s ‘Power Plant on Wheels’, the TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine generator functions as a fast power solution and is often used to provide emergency power. With easy installation, it is a complete turnkey energy solution that provides power wherever and whenever it is needed. It can run on gaseous and liquid fuels without major hardware modifications, and has a start cycle of as little as 10 minutes. At Al Hiswa, the generators will be operated on liquid distillate fuel.

The TM2500 has a compact footprint that allows for higher power density, and its lighter weight assures enhanced mobility. It also has 50 per cent lower emissions than diesel generators when operating on gas, as well as scalable solutions that allow for gradual expansion without major capital expenditure costs. GE and Çalik Enerji are collaborating on and have executed several projects in the region, from Iraq to Libya, to add over 2,500 MW of power in the Middle East and North Africa.

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