Voith Turbo successfully retrofitted three gas turbine starting package in Saudi ArabiaDubai. Voith has successfully completed retrofit projects for three gas turbines in Hail Power Plant, in Saudi Arabia, which is located 600 kilometers north of Riyadh.
A range of technical troubles in the power plant were solved thanks to a Voith starting system that offers a complete system solution, consisting of a torque converter, motor, and all required accessories that are factory mounted on a common base. It is equipped with Voith torque converter model EL 7.5 YFG 2.2 rated with 1,700 kW at 3,550 rpm which is powerful enough to provide the breakaway torque of the gas turbines.
The site activities started on the last week of December 2014 and commissioned successfully in April 2015. Voith in collaboration of sub-contractors successfully had done the complete dismantling of the old starting package, revision of the logic program, installation of new starting package, connections and commissioning.
There are now more than 400 Voith torque converters operating in Saudi Arabia. The reliability of Voith variable speed drives is 99.97% with service life of more than 40 years.
Successful retrofit project in Hail Power Plant resulted in a further new order received for two more Voith starting systems for Qassim Power Plant in Saudi Arabia.
Located in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, Hail and Qassim Power Plants contribute to cover the unprecedented growth of energy demand in Saudi Arabia – electricity consumption is increasing at about 7.5% annually, prompting investments for various power generations to reach $133 billion (502.5 billion Saudi Riyals) in the next decade.
Voith supplies torque converters to all leading gas turbine manufacturers to start gas turbines ranging in power from 20 to 270 MW. More than 3,500 gas turbines worldwide operate with individually customized Voith starting systems.
Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 39,000 people, generates € 5.3 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe