Siemens secures €350m

A consortium led by Siemens Power Generation (PG) has received an order from Kuwait to extend the Az Zour gas turbine power plant.

The order from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Energy is worth approximately €600m, with around €350m secured by Siemens.

The plant will be extended in two phases: Unit 1 is scheduled to start commercial operation in March 2010, with Unit 2 coming on line in June 2010.

In a consortium with the Belgian company Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI) and the local partner Alghanim International, Siemens received the turnkey order for the extension of Az Zour to form a combined cycle power plant. In addition to the steam turbine packages the Siemens PG scope of supply encompasses the water/steam cycle, the turbine building, the transformers, and the entire electrical and instrumentation and control equipment. CMI is to supply the heat-recovery steam generators.

In 2005, Siemens PG built Az Zour as a gas turbine power plant with a capacity of 1000 megawatts. The power plant, which is located 80km south of KuwaitCity, can be fired with either natural gas or oil. On July 4, Siemens PG and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Energy also signed a long-term maintenance agreement for the gas turbine part of the plant.