Kuwait to issue Al-Zour North power plant tender

Kuwait’s Electricity & Water Ministry is expected to issue a new tender for the planned 3000 MW Al-Zour North power plant before the end of 2008.

The plant will have capacity of 3000 MW. When it was originally tendered as a steam plant in 2006, the project received only one bid. A group of the US’ Washington Group International, South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) was the sole bidder.

On 9 November, the ministry received bids for the long-delayed Subiya power plant project. Germany’s Siemens is the low bidder.

Areva wins $88.7m Bahrian’s Alba contract

Areva T&D has been awarded a $88.74m industrial upgrade contract by Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the largest aluminum producer in the Middle East. Under the deal, Areva will design, manufacture and commission βten transformer-rectifier groups each of 37 kA 1200V for Alba, said a company statement. The equipment will be installed at Alba plant located in Bahrain and will replace existing units. This is the largest industrial project of upgrading launched in Bahrain, the statement added. “The new equipment will fit in the same space than the old one, and provide a rating increased by 45 per cent and the installation will be done without slowing down the aluminum production.

Saudi Arabia launches $21bn power capacity plan

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is planning a SR79.6bn ($21bn) programme to award contracts for nine independent power projects (IPPs) between 2010 and 2017, adding 9360 MW to the kingdom’s power generating capacity.

Ali al-Barrak, chief executive officer of SEC, told MEED that it will mean the overall programme of IPPs planned by SEC will add almost 15 GW of capacity to the national grid, at a total cost of more than SR100bn.

The nine plants will start operations between 2014 and 2021 and will be located across the kingdom. The first plant will be built at Daba on the northwest coast. This will be followed by further plants at Jubail or Ras al-Zour in the eastern province, Jeddah on the west coast, Shuqaiq in the east, and Al-Uqair in the eastern province or Salwa near the border with Qatar.

The plants are in addition to its three private power projects that SEC announced in 2007 at Rabigh, Riyadh and Qurrayah.

Together, the first three IPPs will have a combined capacity of 5200 MW and will cost SR21bn.

Wood Group unit wins Abu Dhabi clean energy deal

Abu Dhabi clean energy venture Masdar has awarded Houston-based Mustang Engineering, a unit of UK John Wood Group, an engineering and design contract for its carbon capture and storage project.

State-run Masdar did not give the value of the contract, but said in a statement the project is the first phase in a series of facilities capturing carbon dioxide emissions from the Gulf Arab emirate’s industrial and power generation plants.

The first phase of the project will capture five million tonnes of carbon dioxide by the end of 2013 from three emission sources, the statement said.

Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion Masdar initiative is aimed at developing innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energy.

Dewa scraps bids for P Station project in Hassyan

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has scrapped the bids submitted for the first phase of its P Station project at Hassyan.

It is the second time Dewa has decided to cancel the tender, citing high prices as the reason. The authority has yet to decide how or when to proceed.

However, it expects the global economic slowdown to work to its advantage. A Dewa source argues that with fewer projects around, contractors are likely to lower their prices if the contract is retendered.

The commissioning of both the first and second phases of the project, which was originally scheduled for 2011, has been delayed until at least 2012. The first phase plant will have a power generating capacity of 1500 MW and 120m g/d of desalination capacity, while the second phase will have a power-generating capacity of 1300-1500 MW and desalination capacity of 100-120m g/d.

Qatar to study viability of nuclear power plant

Qatar has launched a preliminary study to assess the viability of a nuclear power plant project.

The study is being conducted over six to eight months to basically identify an appropriate site for a nuclear power plant and find out if it can be linked to the grid in the country.

This was disclosed by Issa Al Ghanim, Vice-Chairman of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa). Ghanim is also Manager of Corporate Planning at Qatar Petroleum.

Ghanim said whether Qatar would eventually be able to boast of a nuclear power plant would depend on the findings of the preliminary study.

“These are the two pre-conditions (identifying a site and whether the existing power grid can bear nuclear power). If the study suggests the project is feasible, we may go ahead. We are looking at this option basically to produce electricity and water,” said Ghanim.

MHI wins gas turbine order for Saudi Aramco oilfied

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has received an order from Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, for two sets of its natural gas fired 150 MW M501F gas turbine and generator.

The gas turbines and generators on order are for a large-scale oil and gas production/processing project of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil firm. The latest order brings the cumulative number of gas turbines ordered for Saudi Aramco to seven units.

The gas turbines and generators, slated for delivery in 2010, will be installed at a Saudi Aramco plant facility that will process 900 000 barrels a day of crude oil to be produced at the Manifa oilfield.

The gas turbines and generators on order will serve as the core equipment of the combined-cycle power and heat co-generation facility. MHI will supply the two M501F gas turbines and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will provide the two generators.

Siemens to supply power plant equipment to Israeli Electric

Siemens Energy has received an order from the Israeli state-owned utility Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) for the supply of components for three gas turbine power plants.

The order value is approximately €200m ($252m). The order also contains an option for the supply of components for another power plant. The plants are scheduled to come on line by the summer of 2010. For the Ramat Hovav, Hagit and Eskhol power generating stations, each with an installed gas turbine capacity of 287 MW, Siemens will supply three SGT5-4000F gas turbines, three air-cooled generators, the exhaust stack and the air intake system. The facilities will be operated as gas turbine power plants and then be converted by IEC to combined cycle stations in the next phase.