Ansaldo wins deal for UAE combined cycle upgrade

Taweelah Asia Power Company (TAPCO) has awarded Ansaldo Energia a 10-year structured service agreement for their Taweelah New B Extension (TNBE) combined cycle power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

TAPCO is an Independent Water and Power Producer (IWPP) based in the Middle East, and its TNBE plant generates upward of 947 MW of power and 68.4 million imperial gallons (MIG) of water per day using multi-stage flash desalination units. The plant forms part of the larger Taweelah B Power and Water generation project and is majority owned by UAE based Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and TAQA.

The full-scope of work includes a turnkey service agreement covering three dual fuel Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbines and SGEN5-1000A air-cooled generators, coupled with a Siemens SST5-6000 Steam Turbine and SGEN52000H hydrogen-cooled generator, including all related auxiliaries.

Coverage consists of all scheduled and unscheduled power generation and related auxiliary equipment maintenance, a parts supply program including upgrades, repair and refurbishment of parts, and remote monitoring and diagnostics including Ansaldo’s APEX digital predictive maintenance tools. Additionally, in order to facilitate timely outage activities, a gas turbine rotor exchange program has been established.

Speaking about the 10-year agreement award, AbdulAziz Alobaidli, TAQA vice president for the UAE and GCC, said: “Taweelah Asia Power Company’s agreement with Ansaldo Energia enables us to uphold the highest standards of technical availability and reliability and adhere to international best practices. Agreements like this are an important part of our business continuity in the region.”à‚ 

Ansaldo Energia will be exhibiting at POWERGEN Europe in Paris in November, where the company’s experts will also be speaking about how to optimize gas turbine performance. For more details, visit

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