Qatar: Siemens signs 25 year service contract for major power plant

Published May 1st, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
The new power plant will be located 15km south of the capital Doha, adjacent to Qatar Economic Zone.  (Siemens)
The new power plant will be located 15km south of the capital Doha, adjacent to Qatar Economic Zone. (Siemens)

Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, said it has been awarded a long-term service contract for a major power plant located 15km south of Doha, Qatar.

The deal for Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant is the second major power generation services order from Qatar in past six months, it stated.

The 25-year long-term service contract was awarded by Umm Al Houl Power, a joint venture between Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QWEC), Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar Foundation (QF) and K1 Energy (a consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation and Tepco & Fuel Power, Incorporated).

The service agreement covers the plant's six SGT5-4000F gas turbines, four SST5-4000 steam turbines, 10 SGen5-1200A generators including instrumentation and controls service for a period of 25 years. It also provides for an electrical and a resident engineer to be located on-site.

On the contract win, Tim Holt, CEO of Siemens Power Generation Services, Power and Gas, said: "The long-term service agreement is designed to improve the operating capabilities, flexibility and profitability of the Umm Al Houl power plant by boosting efficiency, reliability and availability throughout its entire lifecycle."

Qatar, he stated, was experiencing a rapid industrial, economic and population growth.

"Supported by highly experienced technical experts, Siemens with its strong presence in the region and advanced services and maintenance solutions will help ensure this important new power plant operates reliably for many years to come," noted Holt.

The agreement will enable implementation of innovative service solutions through preventative maintenance, shortened lead times and on-site technical field assistance, he added.

The new power plant will be located 15km south of the capital Doha, adjacent to Qatar Economic Zone.

The plant will consist of two power blocks, each in a 3+2 configuration. Each block will consist of three gas turbines which will be used to generate the steam to drive two downstream steam turbines.

With a total electrical output of 2.5 gigawatts, and up to 618 million litres of drinking water per day, the plant will deliver almost one quarter of the nation's installed power generating capacity, said the statement from Siemens.

It will ensure adequate power and water supply to accommodate seasonal fluctuations and major events. Commissioning of the first phase is scheduled for 2017, with commissioning of the entire complex scheduled for mid-2018, it stated.

Siemens said it has received two major power generation service orders from Qatar in the past six months.

Earlier, Siemens had signed a long-term service contract with UAE-based Dolphin Energy for its gas project in the country.

Also Siemens has been providing service and maintenance for nine aero-derivative gas turbines from former Rolls-Royce Energy and the associated nine Dresser-Rand compressors over a contract period of 18 years.

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