Siemens bags record Qatar deal

Siemens has been awarded a contract worth g700m ($898m) for the expansion and modification of the power supply system in Qatar.

The order from Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation consists of the delivery of 25 turnkey substations, plus the expansion of 14 existing substations and modification of ten further substations.

The substations are to be built in the cities of Doha, Ras Laffan, Maesaeed and elsewhere; the project is scheduled for completion by February 2009. The order is the biggest ever received by the German company’s power transmission and distribution division. Siemens has received several orders for turnkey transformer substations from Qatar worth g600m since November 2005.

Abu Dhabi set to announce Fujairah II developer

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is expected to announce the developer of the large-scale Fujairah II independent water and power project (IWPP) in March 2007.

The greenfield project, estimated to cost $3bn and set to have a capacity of 2000 MW and 455m litres of water per day, has attracted fierce competition. The closing date for submitting expressions of interest (EOI) has now passed after being pushed back from the original date of 25 October. EOIs have been submitted by Suez Energy Middle East, the UK’s International Power, several unnamed Japanese companies and Singapore’s Sembcorp Utilities, which paid $1.73bn for a 40 per cent stake in Abu Dhabi’s Fujairah I project.

Meanwhile, ADWEA has confirmed that the utility’s eighth IWPP will be Shuweihat II, to be located in Abu Dhabi’s western region. The IWPP will be at least as large as the 1500 MW Shuweihat I plant, which commenced operations in June 2005.

Gamesa Energia secures Egypt wind farm contract

Spainish Gamesa Energia has won the turnkey contract to design and build a 120 MW wind farm in the Egyptian city of Zafarana.

Finance for the wind farm was expected to come from Japan Bank for International Co-operation. The consultant for the project has been named as Decon, which is based in Germany.

Mitsubishi and Vestas Italia also submitted bids to the New and Renewable Energy Authority.

Kurdistan issues license for gas powered power plant

The Kurdistan regional government (KRG) in Iraq has issued UK-based Raphael Group a license to build a gas fired power plant with a capacity of 500 MW in Sulaimaniyah.

The plant is one of several planned by the KRG area as it looks to improve the region’s electricity supply from an average approximately two hours a day, which has halved from the 2005 average of four hours a day.

The gas fired plants are likely to import feedstock from Turkey.

Saudi Arabia completes deal for Tabruk plant project

Saudi Arabia’s National Contracting Company has been awarded an SR 426m ($114m) contract to build a 250 MW power plant in Tabuk due for completion in 2008. The works will include the installation of five distillate fired, 50 MW turbines, to be supplied by GE Energy.

Bid evaluations for the Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) two further 250 MW plants in Tihama and Jizan are still ongoing. SEC also plans two larger projects – an 850 MW first-phase power plant in Qurayyah and a 480 MW extension of the PP8 facility in Riyadh – in an attempt to ramp up capacity to meet rising demand.

It has been estimated that the SEC will need to build 30 000 MW to meet the demand of more than seven per cent a year.

Morocco rings the changes to meet growing demand

Morocco’s electricity utility is set to launch a series of international tenders to build power stations as part of a five-year plan worth $5.8bn to meet annual demand growth of some nine per cent.

In November, the National Electricity Office (ONE) issued a pre-qualification tender for a $1.5bn coal fired station generating 1320 MW in Cap Rhir and is set to launch a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) tender for an liquefied natural gas terminal in Jorf Lasfar or Tangier.

Rabat aims to become an energy transport link between the Maghreb and Europe by exporting electricity via its soon to be updated grid system. Younes Maamar, chief executive of ONE, said: “ONE will launch a drive to strengthen its high-tension lines of 400 KV running north to south and double its 225 KV capacity transport.”

Preferred bidder chosen for Saudi Arabian dual project

A consortium composed of ACWA Power Projects, Gulf Investment Corporation and Mitsubishi has been chosen as the preferred bidder for Saudi Arabia’s Shuqaiq Independent Water and Power Project.

The project entails the development on a build, own and operate basis of a thermal power plant and a reverse osmosis technology desalination plant. The complex will generate 850 MW and 215m litres per day of water, delivering much need supplies to the Abha and Jizan regions in the southwest of the country.

Consortium agrees Oman cogeneration project

The Oman Refinery Company (ORC) and a consortium of Iran’s Hirbodan and UAE’s Hico have signed an agreement for the construction of a cogeneration power project at ORC’s Mina al Fahal plant.

The project, which is set to be completed by the end of 2008, includes two Frame V gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, an auxiliary boiler, a desalination unit, a feed water polishing unit, a diesel generator and a gas conditioning skid. ORC said that the objective of the project was to meet the augmented power and steam demand in the refinery created by the needs of the isomerization unit and a recent refinery revamp.