8 Jan 2002 – Alstom said Monday it had won a contract worth €24m to provide two 220kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations to Italian company Enelpower for Ras Laffan power station in Qatar.

Alstom Transmission & Distribution Sector is supplying the substations to end customer Ras Laffan Power Plant Company as part of a project to build a 1500 MW power plant and a 450 million litres per day desalination plant.

The Ras Laffan project is a joint venture between US-based AES, which owns 55 per cent, and three local companies: Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Electricity and Water Corporation, and Gulf Investment Corporation, each owning 15 per cent. It will be the second Independent Power Producer in Qatar and the company will supply electricity and water to new gas treatment plants being built at the Ras Laffan complex.

Alsom will supply the substations, one with 18 SF6 bays and the other with 14 SF6 bays, digital control systems and auxiliary equipment to Enelpower, a 99 per cent-owned subsidiary company of Italian utility Enel. Enelpower was awarded the power part of the engineering, procurement and construction contract.

The work will be carried out according to a detailed technical specification provided by the local utility Kahrama. The substations will be delivered by July 2003.

“We are delighted to win the Enelpower order, which resulted from our leading position in GIS technology, our in-depth knowledge of the Qatari electrical grid and Alstom T&D’s presence in Qatar for more than 20 years,” said Jean Hug, Alstom T&D Energy Sales Director.