Newly-formed Ansaldo Energia Switzerland has been awarded two contracts worth a total of around €600m ($665m) for the supply of equipment to two combined cycle power plants in Oman.

The deals mark the first use of Ansaldo’s GT26 class gas turbines, which were formerly owned by Alstom.

The 1510 MW Ibri and 1710 MW Sohar III plants are expected to be commissioned in early 2019 and will be operAnsaldo Energia Switzerland wins Oman gas turbine dealsated by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company.

They are being developed by a consortium of Japanese group Mitsui, Sausi Arabia’s ACWA International Company for Water and Power Projects and  Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Company.

The two new plants will operate and supply power under a power purchase agreement to the grid in the Oman.

Ansaldo Energia will supply the main power train equipment components, including for each power plant, four of Ansaldo Energia’s newly acquired high-efficiency advanced GT26 class gas turbines, four heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), two steam turbines and six turbo generators.

SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co-operation of China will be the engineering, procurement and construction company.

Ansaldo said the contracts mark “one of the largest CCPP project awards in the Gulf region” and further strengthen the company’s position in the region.

The Italy-headquartered company bought the GT26 technology from GE after the US group acquired Alstom’s gas turbine assets last year.

“With its operating flexibility and high efficiency, the GT26 gas turbine will play a critical role in generating maximum project returns for our customer,” said Juerg Schmidli, president of Ansaldo Energia Switzerland, who added that the deals were a “perfect start for our newly formed company”.

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