GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has completed the installation of a turnkey solution at DG Khan Cement (DGKCCL), for its new cement plant.
GE stated that the new facility is located 30km northwest of Karachi, in Hub District Lasbella, Baluchistan. This facility will be powered by GE’s advanced grid solutions including 132/6.3 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS), 40MVA power transformers and related auxiliary equipment.
GE was also handed over the responsibility of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the 132/6.3 kV grid station.
When at full operation, the grid station can help DGKCCL to produce 9,000 tons per day (TPD) on a single line, enabling it to achieve a capacity of 2.8 million tons of cement, annually.
GE Power Grid Solutions business in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan & Turkey president and CEO Mohammed Mohaisen said: “Reliable power underpins modern society and industrial systems. DG Khan Cement Company is a leading player in boosting the manufacturing sector of Pakistan, and by providing a targeted suite of world-class power solutions, we are enabling the company to do what it does best – produce and deliver value to their customers.
“Moreover, this underlines our commitment to support this country’s goals to further enhance its all-around infrastructure.”
As per GE, its F35 GIS is claimed to be a compact and accessible GIS solution, with 45% lesser bay volume the market average. This switchgear can support networks up to 170kV for power generation, transmission, distribution, tertiary and heavy industry applications.
The company also claimed that it is an environmentally friendly solution and includes an advanced SF6 sealing system. It features fully digital monitoring, control and protection capabilities together with an optimized user interface. These enable switchgear to be integrated into a smart grid.
DG Khan Cement Tech & Ops director Arif Bashir said: “To support the fast pace of infrastructure development in Pakistan, accentuated by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the demand for cement production is at an all-time high. As one of the largest cement producers in Pakistan, our aim is to create a facility for the future, not only to meet local demand but also to serve the international market.
“To support these efforts, we needed a field-proven stable and reliable grid solution and therefore after thorough evaluation we selected GE’s solutions. Given GE’s experience spanning across a wide range of industries and applications, we are pleased to work with the team on this critical project.”