Alstom to build Saudi Arabian steam power plant

The Saudi Electricity Company has selected a consortium led by Alstom for the supply and construction of the Shoaiba Steam Power Plant extension project.

The contract, which is expected to be signed with the consortium in the coming weeks, is said to be worth 675 million Euros to Alstom.

Alstom has already supplied the site with five 370 MW units, all of which are now in commercial operation. Under this new contract, Alstom will design, supply and install another three identical units covering the supply, installation and commissioning of boilers, steam turbines, generators and the complete balance of plants and systems.

The boilers are designed to burn both crude and heavy oil, using Alstom ‘s tangential-firing technology. The contract should also include an option to build a further three units on the same site which could be exercised within 12 months. This would make Shoaiba the largest power plant in the Middle East with an output in excess of 4,000 MW.