A Siemens-led consortium has been awarded a contract by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) for the erection of a 700MW combined cycle power plant. Construction of the plant is scheduled to be completed in March 2009.

The new combined cycle power plant, Bang Pakong CCPP 5, will be incorporated in EGAT’s Bang Pakong power plant. It will be constructed in consortium with Marubeni Corporation, Japan, with Siemens PG heading operations.

As general contractor, Siemens will provide two gas turbines, one steam turbine along with the associated electrical and instrumentation and control systems. Marubeni will supply two heat recovery steam generators, the balance of plant, civil works and installation services.

Presently installed power generating capacity in Thailand is approximately 31,000MW and demand for electricity is growing by up to seven percent annually as major industries need more power for their production facilities.

According to Siemens, the government in Thailand plans to increase the installed capacity to around 44,000 MW by the year 2015.