UAE-based SEWA has chosen Rolls-Royce generation sets to boost the output from its Wasit power plant.

The United Arab Emirates-based Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has chosen Rolls-Royce’s Trent 60 generation sets to increase the output of its Wasit power plant.

The contract, worth over $40 million, was won in association with GECO Mechanical & Electrical Limited. It is for two Trent 60 dual-fuel generating sets with a combined output of almost 80MW operating at 40C.

The units, which are intended to operate for 5000 hours a year are scheduled to be operational by the end of January 2007. Assembly will be undertaken at the Rolls-Royce production plant at Mount Vernon, OH from where they will be shipped to Sharjah in the third quarter of 2006.

GECO will be responsible for local transportation, installation/erection, and the supervision of the commissioning in conjunction with Rolls-Royce.

The Trent 60, developed from the Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine, is an aeroderivative gas turbine that sports an efficiency of 42%.

SEWA's selection of the Trent 60 follows the 2004 order from Dolphin Energy Limited for six Trent 60 Dry Low Emission (DLE) gas turbines to power compressors along the Dolphin pipeline from Qatar to the UAE.

The first two of these 70,000 horsepower gas compression packages will be shipped to Dolphin’s gas plant in

Ras Laffan, Qatar