GE’s newly minted Power Conversion business will be supplying eight pump drive trains, with each rated at 6.38 megawatts, as well as process automation technology to the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant, located just outside of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as part of a more than $10 million contract.
GE’s Power Conversion business will be involved with a pumping station project that is part of the UAE government’s Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Program, a 40-kilometer-long wastewater tunnel that will keep pace with Abu Dhabi’s growth. The treatment plant is slated to be fully operational in 2030 with a capacity of 70,000 cubic meters per hour, and its pumps will be powered by GE’s variable-speed drives with low-speed (500-rpm) vertical motors.
GE will also do design studies as part of the contract that will have the firm deliver the first equipment in the second half of this year for validation. GE will be working with Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd.
“The piping arrangement in this project creates an impressive series of vertical water columns, and the motor has been designed to manage the large amounts of water that may flow backward through the system when the pumps are shut down,” noted Keiran Coulton, industry vertical leader at the Power Conversion business.
The GE Power Conversion business is based off GE’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Converteam in September 2011, serving the energy/power generation, marine, mining and metals and various industrial process sectors with motor, drive and process control and automation technologies.
GE estimates that the “energy efficiency, electrification and automation sector” is worth $30 billion and is focusing the Power Conversion business in growing regions such as the Middle East, China and Latin America. Electrification, or the conversion of older and aging mechanical processes to electrical systems, is expected to double in volume over the next 20 years and being driven by the oil and gas industry, it says.
The Power Conversion business, renamed from Converteam on Jan. 18, is part of the GE Energy portfolio, which comprises GE Power & Water, GE Energy Management and GE Oil & Gas and annual revenues of $38 billion.