Alstom (Euronext: ALO), the French engineering group, has been awarded a contract to provide equipment for a 3.1 GW oil-fired power plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The equipment is destined for the Yanbu 3 plant on the Red Sea coast and will be one of the country’s first supercritical plants to run on heavy fuel oil.

Alstom Construction weekly reports that a consortium consisting of Samsung Engineering & Construction, Al-Toukhi Company for industry, Training & Contracting and Shanghai Electric was awarded the $3bn EPC contract to build the plant.

A separate $1bn contract to build the desalination plant at the site was awarded to Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries in November.

Alstom will provide the engineering of the power block, advisory services during detailed engineering and procurement, supervision services during construction and commissioning and delivery of main equipment for five 620MW units, including the steam turbines and generators, boilers, electrostatic precipitators and a flue gas desulphurization system.

Power from the station will feed the western part of the national grid, supplying cities including Mecca, Madinah, Jeddah and Yanbu.

“The Yanbu 3 project will add 2700 MW of cleaner high-efficiency power to the Saudi grid and steam to a new desalination plant thanks to our market-leading supercritical technology combined with Alstom’s ability to integrate equipment into complete and complex power projects,” said Andreas Lusch, senior vice president of Alstom’s steam business.

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