Abengoa wins Emal captive power plant contract

22 November 2015

Cogeneration plant will expand Emal’s captive power capacity by 220MW

Spain’s Abengoa has been awarded the contract to build the 220MW expansion of the Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) Al-Taweelah complex in Abu Dhabi.

The Spanish contractor will build the 220MW cogeneration plant, to generate power and steam, which will support Emirates Aluminium’s (Emal’s) expansion plans. In addition to the 220MW power capacity, the plant will generate up to 600 tonnes of steam per hour.

According to Abengoa, the total contract will be worth about $215m when finalised. Abengoa saw off competition from South Korea’s Samsung C&T and Turkey’s Gama to win the contract.

Emal initially received bids for the three firms in February, but asked firms to resubmit prices due to the bids being too high over budget. MEED reported in May that Emal had received the revised prices. 

South Korea’s Samsung C&T recently completed work on the $625m second-phase expansion of the captive power plant. The expansion has increased the capacity of the plant from 2,000MW to 3,100MW. Samsung C&T was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the expansion, and the US’ GE provided turbines for the scheme.

The second-phase expansion of the Emal smelter will boost its output by 550,000 tonnes a year (t/y) to 1.3 million t/y.

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