15 May 2002 – A new, 820 MW power and water plant in Ras Laffan, Qatar, will be based on four gas turbine-generators supplied by GE Power Systems.
The combined-cycle facility, fired by natural gas, is scheduled to begin commercial service during 2003.
GE will provide four MS9001E gas turbines and generators to Enelpower of Milan, Italy, the main contractor for the project. GE also will supply installation, start-up, performance testing and training services under a separate contract.
The new power and water plant will be owned by a consortium which includes AES Oasis LLC, a subsidiary of AES Corp. of the U.S.; the Qatar Electricity and Water Corp.; the Qatar Petroleum Corporation; and Gulf Investment Corp. of Kuwait.
The four gas turbines will be manufactured at GE’s Belfort, France facility while Eline of Austria will build the generators. The equipment will be shipped to the site during 2002. Three of the gas turbines are scheduled to start commercial service in March of 2003 and the fourth in August of 2003.
The new plant will provide power for the Qatar grid and for a new desalination facility. This project further expands GE’s technology presence in Qatar. To date, 75 GE-technology units have been ordered or installed for projects in the country.