Siemens to build two 750 MW plants in Oman in $1.7bn deal

Siemens is to build a couple of 750 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants in Oman for a consortium led by French utility GDF Suez.

Siemens will build Barka III and Sohar II with its South Korean partner GS E&C. In May 2012, both units are planned to start operations in simple-cycle mode, with the extension to combined-cycle to follow by April 2013.

The overall investment is about $1.7bn. Barka III will be near to the coastal city of the same name in northern Oman. Sohar II will be in the Sohar industrial park about 200 km west of the capital Muscat.

In addition to turnkey construction, Siemens will supply each plant’s main components including two SGT5-4000F gas turbines. GS E&C will supply heat-recovery steam generators and cover items including the civil works, transformers and ancillary systems as well as equipment installation.

Zimbabwe mining group to construct $2.4bn, 2400 MW private power plant

A Zimbabwean mining company has been licensed to build the country’s first privately owned power station at a cost of $2.4bn.

RioZim managing director Josphat Sanchikonye said the firm, in which Rio Tinto has a large stake, had secured other investors for the project. The coal fired station would add 2400 MW to the national grid.

The station would be on the firm’s vast coal field in central Zimbabwe. The project’s first phase is set to come on stream in 2014 and the last in 2020, he said. The government has announced plans to license independent power producers (IPPs) to help ease current electricity shortages.

Masdar City overhauls its master plan to put back completion to 2020–2025

The completion date for Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, set to be the first in the world powered solely by renewable energy, has been pushed back until between 2020 and 2025, said Masdar.

Phase one of the renewable energy enclave is now slated for completion in 2015, a statement said. Renewable energy firm Masdar had earlier said the city, begun in early 2008, was “due to be completed by 2016”.

“We’re building (on) take-up of our tenants, and… based on what’s happened in the market, the acquisition of tenants has slowed down a little,” Masdar City director Alan Frost told AFP.

The revised timeline would allow new technologies to be tested, he added. The estimated cost is also down by 10 to 15 per cent from the original figure of $22bn.

Ansaldo Energia and Metka to build a 750 MW gas fired plant in Syria

Ansaldo Energia and Greece’s Metka are to build a 750 MW gas fired power plant in Syria.

The facility, to cost €700m ($975m), is to be built in the northeastern province of Deir-Ezzor. Around 80 per cent of the project is to be financed by loans from the European Investment Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and Arab development funds, with the balance covered by the Syrian government.

The plant, scheduled to go on-line next year, “will strengthen development in eastern Syria,” electricity minister Ahmed Qussay Kayyali was quoted as saying. This is the fourth contract signed this year in the power generating field, after three to expand existing facilities.

Qatar to tender next year for gas fired ‘Facility D’ IWPP

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) plans to launch the tender for building an independent water and power project (IWPP) known as Facility D in 2011.

Facility D will be a gas fired plant delivering 2 GW of power and 60m gallons a day of water.

Kahramaa expects Qatar to cope without new plants until at least 2015. A single 170 MW project is set to launch earlier, for which developers were approached in early 2010.

A source at Kahramaa said tendering for the Facility D IWPP will start in 2011 so the project operates by 2015. Other projects set to follow include a 240 MW project at Rawdet due to come online in 2018.

Kuwait’s Kharafi to build two plants in Egypt

Egypt’s Electricity Ministry is to sign a deal with Kuwait’s Kharafi Group to build two power plants in Egypt with a combined capacity of 1 GW.

Egypt, which has about 25 GW of installed capacity, has suffered repeated outages and plans to spend $100–120bn to add 58 GW by 2027. A ministry spokesman said the plants would cost a combined $645m.

The two 500 MW plants will be in Ismailia on the Suez Canal and Damietta on the Mediterranean coast. 

Egypt: The World Bank has agreed a loan of $270m to fund the Kom Ombo solar power plant, a 100 MW plant in southern Egypt. The sum includes a $100m investment by the bank’s Clean Technology Fund.

Egypt: Austria’s AE&E has won a service contract for modernizing steam generators 1 and 2 at the Ataka power station. The two oil and gas fired boilers, built by AE&E in the late 1980s, have rated capacities of 150 MW.

Iraq: Turkey’s Calik Enerji has won a $445.5m contract to build and install ten GE gas turbines in Kerbala province. Turkey’s Enka Insaa landed a $267.5m contract to build a power plant and install six turbines in Nineveh province, while Eastern Lights will install four turbines in an existing Baghdad power station for $204.8m.

Libya: Hyundai Engineering has finalized a $1.3bn contract to build power plants in Libya. It is the first large-scale contract between Korea and Libya since strained relations were normalized in September.

Morocco: Kuwait is to lend KD20m ($71m) for developing southern Morocco’s power grid as part of a strategic plan to generate solar and wind power in the region. The loan is for 23 years at an interest rate not exceeding 2.5 per cent.

Russia: Alstom Hydro has signed a memorandum of understanding with RusHydro on developing Russian hydropower. In the first instance, the two firms have agreed to consider co-operation on modernizing the Kubanski complex in southern Russia.

South Africa: Fluor is to conduct a feasibility study for a potential 5 GW solar power park in the Northern Cape for South Africa’s Department of Energy. The project could realize a total investment of more than $20bn.

Tajikistan: Belarus will help construct small hydropower stations and combined heat and power plants. The deal came in the seventh session of the intergovernmental Belarusian-Tajik commission for trade and economic co-operation.

Tunisia: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to provide a $265m loan for installing 660 km of high-tension power lines. Tunisia has received some $3.6bn in loans and aid from the EIB over the last three decades.

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