Thermal Power

17 May 2023

Efficiency Upgrade Planned for Kuwait’s Sabiya Power Station

17 May 2023  by   
Sabiya Power Station in Kuwait. Image: Mitsubishi Power
Mitsubishi Power has won a contract from the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy to upgrade the Sabiya power and water distillation station.
The facility includes a gas-fired combined cycle power plant and is the largest power and water provider in the country.
The plant upgrade will optimise performance, increase efficiency and extend the lifetime of the power and water station to up to 20 years.
Mitsubishi Power will be responsible for the upgrade of eight units of steam turbines, generators (gas and oil-fired) and control systems units. Technology such as digital electronic hydraulics, a new turbine protection system and new turbine supervisory instrumentation will also be implemented.
Khalid Salem, president of Middle East & Africa at Mitsubishi Power, said the contract “is the latest in our proud 50-year journey of supporting the state and people of Kuwait to meet their power needs”.
“As Kuwait embarks on its next phase of ambitious growth in line with Vision 2035, we are committed to continue supporting the Ministry in expanding its power infrastructure and ushering its transition towards a low carbon society.”
As part of the upgrade, Valmet has also been selected to deliver a DNA automation system retrofit to the Sabiya station. The new system will replace an existing control system.
Kari Heikkilä, senior sales manager of automation systems at Valmet said: “We are planning to expand our automation system business to process industries like oil and gas, not only in Kuwait, but also in other selected countries in the Middle East.”
Mitsubishi Power has operated in Kuwait for more than 50 years, especially active in the oil & gas sector. Mitsubishi Power has provided solutions for the Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries, while also supplying equipment for Kuwait’s desalination stations. 
The project will support the country in achieving Vision 2035 goals, which include infrastructure and policy development to ensure climate security and well-being of citizens.

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