DEARBORN, Mich.CMS Energy Corp.’s independent power unit, CMS Generation Co., has brought into commercial operation the first two gas-fueled electric generating units totaling 370 MW at the Al Taweelah A2 power and desalination facility, currently under construction in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Al Taweelah A2’s first unit began supplying commercial electricity to the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Co. on July 20, 2000, while the second unit achieved commercial operation on July 24, 2000. Each of the units is capable of generating about 185 MW of power. The plant’s desalination units and remaining electric generating units are all scheduled to be commercially operable by August 2001.
Emirates CMS Power Co., a local company which owns the project, awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to a consortium of Siemens AG and Hanjung of Korea. CMS holds a 40 percent ownership interest in the project while the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority owns 60 percent.
Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf approximately 65 kilometers northeast of Abu Dhabi, the project, when completed, will consist of a 710 MW, natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power plant and water desalination facility capable of producing 50 million imperial gallons of water per day. Power and water from Al Taweelah A2 will be sold to the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Corp. under a 20 year power and water purchase agreement. CMS is managing engineering, procurement, construction and operation of the plant under a 20 year agreement.
CMS Energy Corp. has annual sales of more than $6 billion and assets of about $15 billion throughout the U.S. and around the world with businesses in electric and natural gas utility operations; independent power production; natural gas pipelines, gathering, processing and storage; oil and gas exploration and production; and energy marketing, services and trading.