13 July 2010 – GE has received contracts totalling nearly US$300 million to provide 6FA gas turbines and long-term services for the Salalah Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP), which is to be built in the Dhofar region of southern Oman.
The plant, to be located in the Taqah area of Salalah, about 1000 km southwest of the Omani capital city of Muscat, will have a capacity of 445 MWe and 15 million gallons per day of desalinated water to help meet the region’s growing power and clean water needs.
GE is supplying five heavy-duty Frame 6FA gas turbines, which are equipped with GE advanced emission control technologies.
The company has also has signed a 15-year contractual service agreement for the project, which will include the supply of parts, repairs and field services, and will provide performance services for the gas turbine-generators and accessory equipment.
All of the electricity and water output from the plant will be sold under a 15-year power and water purchase agreement executed by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company and Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company.
‘This project is another example of the worldwide trend we are seeing toward the integration of power and water production at a single site, especially in the Middle East where population and industrial growth rates exceed many other regions of the world. Water and energy are interdependent; energy is needed to generate desalinated water and water is needed to produce energy,’ said Joseph Anis, GE Energy’s president for the Middle East.