SEC, GE Power partner to promote research in power sector

The two agreements are part of SEC’s ongoing collaboration with GE to promote R&D in the power generation sector.
Updated 09 November 2017
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SEC, GE Power partner to promote research in power sector

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and GE Power have signed two technical agreements to promote scientific research and development (R&D) for the power sector in the Kingdom. The collaborations will identify innovative solutions to develop and install new systems that will boost gas turbine efficiency and productivity. The research will also focus on reducing the amount of ash that results from fuel combustion.
Khalid Al-Rashed, executive vice president of engineering and projects, SEC, said: “The first agreement aims to promote research that will help reduce the cost of power generation and power plant maintenance. The second will focus on installing a new system of fuel additives in gas turbines to reduce the water-washing cycle and increase capacity by reducing the amount of ash that results from fuel consumption during the power generation process. The agreements highlight our commitment to leverage advanced technologies to reduce costs and dependence on oil resources, and to meet environmental standards.”
The two agreements are part of SEC’s ongoing collaboration with GE to promote R&D in the power generation sector. “It underlines the commitment of both companies to drive a culture of localized innovation and to identify cutting-edge solutions that will help boost the efficiency of the Kingdom’s power infrastructure,” a press statement said.
“We have a long-term relationship with SEC, and we are committed to further strengthening it through these technical collaboration agreements,” said Hisham Al-Bahkali, president and CEO, GE Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. “The focus on localized R&D to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the power sector supports the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.”
“The new agreements underline our commitment to co-create localized solutions that will support the Kingdom’s power infrastructure,” added Eissa Aqeeli, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in Saudi Arabia. “We are confident the collaborations will lead to innovative solutions that will benefit SEC and the Kingdom — not only through greater optimization in resource use but also by nurturing the skills of Saudi professionals in energy-sector research.”
GE and SEC have long supported the development of Saudi Arabia’s power generation sector by bringing industry-leading innovations to the country. In 2016, GE and SEC inaugurated the Saudi PowerGen Efficiency Center (SPEC) for gas and steam turbines, which is operated by SEC across its power plants.


Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

Updated 17 July 2018
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Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

The historic Al-Alamein Hotel has officially reopened after a major facelift by Emaar Hospitality Group that makes it among the finest resorts along the Mediterranean.

The opening event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, VIP guests, top media figures, as well as other public figures.

Situated in the picturesque setting of Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, the hotel’s glamorous design ethos and refurbished retro-modern interiors hark back to the glory days of the 1960s, when the resort first opened.

The remodelled designs blend vintage charm with contemporary style, evoking a sense of nostalgia to the golden age of Egyptian music and cinema. “The refurbishment of Al-Alamein Hotel provides an example of our determination to offer a hotel that is on a par with, or rather superior to, world-class resorts,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar. 

“We strive for nothing less than the highest global standards for our customers and our developments in Egypt including Al-Alamein Hotel, of which renovation costs totaled EGP 1.5 billion ($84 million),” Alabbar added.

While the building stays true to its rich heritage, visitors can expect modern comfort and style everywhere, from the bar and restaurants to the corridors and rooms.

There is something remarkable around every corner of the resort. An impressive assortment of black and white photographs of Egypt’s most celebrated classical actors and singers festooning columns at the lobby offer visitors much to marvel at once they walk into the building.

The hotel is also home to the renowned Umbrellas sculpture by Greek artist George Zongolopoulos, a poetic structure of steel umbrellas that stretches 13 meters into the sky, offering a dramatic reinterpretation of Abdel Halim Hafez’ classic oldie “Dokko Elshamasy” or “Fix the Umbrellas on the Beach.” One of the most photographed modern sculptures worldwide, the piece was first displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1995, where it drew international attention, and will now delight visitors to this Egyptian vacation spot.

The hotel also boasts a magnificent collection of art works and sculptures by a large number of local and global artists, including an iconic mosaic mural of late legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and another one featuring colorful ancient boats.

Al-Alamein Hotel is part of a thriving residential and tourist community Emaar is developing in Marassi, the company’s flagship Mediterranean landmark in Egypt. These include several hotels already launched such as Vida Marassi Marina, Address Marassi Beach Resort and Address Marassi Golf Resort + Spa. Marassi will be home to seven luxury hotels with up to 3,000 rooms.