Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded 5 stars to Waad Al-Shamal integrated solar and combined cycle power plant project for environment, health and safety (EHS) standards. The project has become one of the power plants under construction in Saudi Arabia to obtain a 5-star rating for EHS performance from SEC. GE is providing turnkey services, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works, and supplying four GE 7F gas turbines, one steam turbine and four heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), as well as other equipment for the project. One of the turbines at the site is the first GE gas turbine rolled out locally in the Kingdom from GE Saudi Advanced Turbines (GESAT) — a joint venture between Dussur and GE.
Fahad H. Al-Sudairi, president and CEO of SEC, said: “We are delighted to work with an industry leader such as GE that has demonstrated a clear commitment to upholding strict EHS standards and congratulate them on this 5-star rating.”
SEC has set rigorous EHS protocols for project sites around workplace hygiene and housekeeping, lifting heavy loads, lighting and ventilation, waste management and other areas, with regular audits conducted by the Industrial Security Department. To be granted a 5-star rating, organizations not only have to meet the defined criteria but also have to demonstrate that they are continuously adhering to them. GE has dedicated site leaders, staff training programs and its own internal audits to implement and monitor EHS standards at the Waad Al-Shamal project.
Joseph Anis, president and CEO of GE Gas Power MENA and South Asia, said: “At GE, the safety and protection of our people, projects, the environment and community at large, is of paramount importance. We are honored by the 5-star award granted by SEC and remain committed to further improving EHS standards at Waad Al-Shamal and other GE projects, to set new benchmarks on power plant management — from construction to operations.”