Siemens Energy is to build two turnkey combined cycle power plants in Oman. Purchaser of the project-financed plants is a consortium led by the French utility GDF SUEZ. Siemens will build the two 750-megawatt plants Barka III and Sohar II as consortium leader together with its South Korean partner GS E&C. In May 2012, the plants will initially go on line as simple-cycle gas turbine installations, with the extension to combined cycle stations to follow by April 2013. The overall investment volume is approximately USD1.7 billion.
“Back in 2008, Siemens built the Shuweihat S2 power plant with integrated seawater desalination facility for GDF Suez as a turnkey project in Abu Dhabi. Barka III and Sohar II will be the first turnkey plants built by Siemens in Oman,” said Michael Suess, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division of Siemens Energy. “Thanks to state-of-the-art technology our plants will set new benchmarks in terms of environmental compatibility and efficiency.”
Barka III will be erected in the immediate vicinity of the coastal city of the same name in northern Oman. Sohar II will be built in the Sohar industrial park approximately 200 kilometers west of the capital Muscat. In addition to turnkey construction Siemens will supply for each of these plants the main components comprising two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, one SST5-5000 steam turbine, three Sgen5-2000H generators, electrical equipment and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system. The project includes a long-term service agreement for the gas turbines.
The consortium partner GS E&C will supply the heat-recovery steam generators and will also be responsible for items including the civil works, transformers and ancillary systems as well as equipment installation.
The projects were awarded by OPWP (Oman Power and Water Purchasing) to the lead developer GDF SUEZ and its co-developers MULTITECH LLC (SUHAIL BAHWAN GROUP), SOJITZ CORPORATION, SHIKOKU ELECTRIC POWER CO., Inc. and PUBLIC AUTHORITY FOR SOCIAL INSURANCE. The close cooperation between developers and EPC consortium was a key factor for the success and award of these projects.