Siemens is to build what it claims will be the most efficient power plant in the United Arab Emirates in a deal that will see the company’s H-class gas turbine utilized in the Gulf for the first time.
The 600 MW combined cycle plant will be located at an industrial facility owned by Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
“The choice of H-class technology for the EGA smelter reinforces our strategy that highly-efficient, gas-fired power generation is just as important for industry as it is for powering countries,” said Siemens board member Lisa Davis. “The GCC’s first Siemens H-class turbine will be a boost to the UAE’s industrial sector.”
The H-class plant is expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions from EGA’s power generation at Jebel Ali by around 10 per cent and cut NOx emissions by about 58 per cent.
“This is a significant project as we continue to broaden our industrial footprint,” said Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, chief executive of Dubal Holding which owns EGA. “We are pleased to be partnering with Siemens to bring this technology to the UAE for the first time, constructing a regional benchmark for energy efficiency in local manufacturing.”
Dubal Holding and fellow UAE conglomerate Mubadala – which owns renewables company Masdar – is to set up a joint venture to develop the new plant at the smelter. EGA intends to buy the facility’s output for 25 years following commissioning.
EGA is the largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil and gas sector, and the third largest power producer in the country behind utilities DEWA and ADWEA.
The output of the 50-Hertz version of Siemens’ H-class turbine in combined cycle operation is more than 665 MW under ISO conditions, with a net generating efficiency of 61 per cent.
Siemens said today that one combined cycle unit “can meet the electricity demands of a city with a population of three million”.