Siemens has received an order from Saudi Arabia for the supply of components for a combined cycle power plant with an associated seawater desalination facility. For the Ras Az Zawr power plant Siemens will supply twelve gas turbines, ten heat-recovery steam generators, five steam turbines, and the associated auxiliary and ancillary systems. The order volume for Siemens is more than USD1 billion. This makes it one the largest orders posted by Siemens Energy in the Middle East. Purchaser is a consortium comprising Al Arrab Contracting Company, Saudi Arabia and the Chinese SepcoIII Electric Power Construction Corporation. The start of commercial operation is scheduled for early 2014.
The Ras Az Zawr facility will be built approximately 75 kilometers northwest of Jubail. The 2400-megawatt (MW) plant will supply electricity to an aluminum smelting plant, and approximately 225 MiGD (million imperial gallons per day) of drinking water for the capital city Riyadh with its five million inhabitants. That amount is equivalent to approximately one billion liters of drinking water or around 200 liters per inhabitant.
“Ras Az Zawr is one of the most important megaprojects in Saudi Arabia. It is another great example of the outstanding strength in partnership between Siemens, ACC and Sepco. With this step Siemens establishes its dominant role in the world of advanced Gas Power plants as well in Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Suess, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division of Siemens Energy. The Siemens scope of supply encompasses a total of twelve SGT6-5000F gas turbines, five SST6-4000 steam turbines, 17 SGen6-1000A generators, ten heat-recovery steam generators, the associated electrical equipment and SPPA-T3000 I&C.
Saudi Arabia is an attractive power generation market. In the next ten years it is anticipated that Saudi Arabia’s population will increase from 28 million to 40 million. To meet the significant rise in power demand the installed capacity will have to double. Every year it will be necessary to build new power plants with a combined capacity of at least 4000 MW. The kingdom is therefore making major investments in the expansion of capacities for power and drinking water supply. “Siemens is highly committed to support Saudi Arabia in meeting the energy generation demand now and in future”, Suess added. After the Shuaibah IWPP, Jeddah III, Ghazlan and Al Khobar projects Ras Az Zawr will be the fifth large-capacity power plant built by Siemens in Saudi Arabia. The company will also supply four gas turbines to Saudi Arabia for the Hail Extension II and Al Qurayat Expansion II projects.