GE to supply gas, steam turbines for 1730 MW Saudi power plant

GE has signed deals worth $700m to supply equipment and long-term services for the 1730 MW gas fired Riyadh PP11 in Saudi Arabia.

Under the deals, GE will supply seven Frame 7FA gas turbines and two D11 steam turbines. The company has also signed a contractual services agreement, or CSA, and will supply spare parts and maintenance services for the gas turbines over the next 20 years.

The plant is owned and operated by Dhuruma Electricity, formed by Saudi Electricity Company and a consortium of GDF Suez of France, Aljomaih Group of Saudi Arabia, and Sojitz of Japan. South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries is in charge of design and construction. Shipment of the equipment for the project will commence in 2011.

The 788 MW first phase of the project is to enter commercial operation in mid-2012, and the second phase, totalling 941 MW, by mid-2013.

Iran puts off Bushehr nuclear power plant launch to early 2011 as virus hits

Iran’s first nuclear power plant will begin supplying energy in early 2011 signaling a delay of several months after the spread of a global computer virus.

Iranian officials said the Stuxnet virus had hit staff computers at the Bushehr plant, but had not affected major systems there.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said: “The fuel will be loaded to the core of the reactor completely by early November. Two to three months after that electricity will be added to the networks, meaning Bushehr will be generating electricity from either January or February.”

UAE’s four nuclear reactors to start construction in December

Work on the UAE’s $20bn contract to build four nuclear reactors will start in December this year, according to the Korean consortium that won the deal last year.

Kepco officials said that the first of the 1400 MW reactors in Braka, some 270 km west of Abu Dhabi, will come online in 2017 with the others following by 2020. Both sides have agreed on holding a groundbreaking ceremony this year.

Kepco will take on the full scope of works and services including engineering, procurement, construction, nuclear fuel and operations and maintenance support. It will be assisted by consortium members Hyundai, Samsung, Doosan Heavy, Korea Nuclear Fuel, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Westinghouse and Toshiba.

Russian-Swiss Wintercroft Capital to build two thermal power plants in Iraq

Russian-Swiss venture Wintercroft Capital has signed a contract with the authorities of the Maysan province in southeast Iraq to build two thermal power plants with a total capacity of 1150 MW.

“The administration of the Maysan province signed an agreement with Wintercroft Capital on building two thermal power plants with a capacity of 650 MW and 500 MW,” said Amer Nasrallah, head of the provincial administration’s energy committee.

The sum of the deal has not been disclosed.

The provincial authorities will pay for the two power plants by installments over eight to ten years. The power plants will help resolve many problems related to the shortage of electricity in the province, Nasrallah said.

Work begins on Rabigh power plant in Saudi Arabia

Doosan Heavy has begun work on a power plant in Rabigh, 150 km northwest of Jeddah, after the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awarded it the SR12.7bn ($3.39bn) contract.

Ali bin Saleh Al-Barrak, CEO of SEC, said the project was planned to meet electricity requirements of new industrial and infrastructure projects including King Abdullah Economic City. The plant is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.

The Rabigh-6 plant, using gas turbines, will be powered by natural gas and crude. It will have a capacity of 2400 MW to 2800 MW, around 12–14 per cent of the 20 GW of power the SEC plans to add by 2018 at an estimated total cost of $80bn.

Egypt boosts capacity to meet power crisis

Egypt has begun operating a 375 MW power plant in Nubaria province, north of Cairo, as the world’s most populous Arab country seeks to boost its straining power capacity.

The country will also boost output from hydroelectric turbines at the Aswan High Dam, said a cabinet spokesman.

In December, another new power station generating 120 MW, using natural gas and 20 MW of solar power at Kuraymat, south of Cairo, will boost electricity generation further.

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Iraq: Allweiler is to deliver fuel-injection skids through Siemens for use in gas turbines in Iraq. The first two systems will be completed in early 2011.

Kazakhstan: RusHydro has signed an agreement on building renewable energy enterprises in the Jambyl region in southern Kazakhstan with the regional government. RusHydro will take part in the design, construction, launch and management of hydro and wind power plants.

Kuwait: Kuwait has extended the deadline for bids to upgrade the Al Zour South power plant. The winning bidder will convert the existing simple cycle gas fired project into a combined-cycle plant on a design, build and operate basis, as well as add a 400 MW steam turbine to the existing 800 MW already onsite.

Oman: Oman Electricity Transmission Company has signed nine contracts worth $111.3m to improve grid infrastructure. Projects include a new $27.5m substation at Qurayat to be built by Larsen & Toubro and a $55.8m 29 km stretch of overhead line from Rusayl to Bausher to be built by a Saudi firm.

Oman: Oman Power and Water Company has issued a request for proposals to developers for the construction of a 1500 MW independent power project. The winning bidder will bring 400 MW online by summer 2013.

Russia: E4 Group has delivered a Siemens power island comprising a gas turbine, a steam turbine and a power generator for the first 420 MW unit of the 1260 MW Nyagan power plant. Fortum is the customer.

Tanzania: Russia’s Borodino Group is to build a 222 MW hydropower plant. The Rumakali project will be built in Tanzania’s Iringa region, about 500 km west of the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, at a cost of about $700m.

Saudi Arabia: The kingdom is in talks with 14 international and local companies on building the 62 km2 King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia: Yokogawa has won an order from Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corporation to supply control systems for boilers, turbines and auxiliary facilities of units 5 & 6 (each of 275 MW) at the Marafiq oil fired plant.

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