Siemens Energy has been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the San Gabriel combined cycle power plant in the Philippines.

The contract was awarded by First NatGas Power Corp., a 100% owned company of the Philippine independent power producer First Gen Corporation.

Siemens will provide its SGT6-8000H gas turbine at the facility and with an efficiency of more than 60 per cent, San Gabriel will be the most efficient gas-fired power plant in South East Asia. Commissioning is scheduled for March 2016. The order, including a long-term maintenance contract, is valued at about $643m

SGT6-8000H gas turbine
A SST6-5000 steam turbine, a hydrogen-cooled SGen6-2000H generator, a Benson type heat recovery steam generator, the electrical engineering, as well as the SPPA-T3000 control system will also be provided.

After the Santa Rita and San Lorenzo CCPPs, the San Gabriel facility is now the third that Siemens has constructed and operated as a turnkey power plant in the Philippines. San Gabriel will be built in Batangas City located in the Calabarzon region, which is about 110 Km south of the Philippine capital of Manila.

It is expected that the demand for electricity in the Philippines will almost double from 22 GW of installed capacity to 42 GW by 2030. Due to the high price of natural gas, there is considerable demand for high-efficiency power plants.

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