Al-Zour North finally powers up

16 January 2006
The Ministry of Energy (Electricity & Water) has released the long-awaited invitation to bid (ITB) document for the 2,500-MW Al-Zour North power plant, with the seven prequalified international companies and groups given until 25 April to submit bids. An award is expected in the third quarter.

The scope of works for the estimated $1,800 million-2,000 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract calls for the construction of an oil-fired plant based on the installation of five steam turbines each with capacity of 500 MW. A pre-tender meeting will be held on 13 March. The schedule envisages final commissioning of the plant by 2010.

The scheme was first launched in late 2004, with 10 companies applying for prequalification. However, delays over the location of the state's fourth refinery to provide fuel for the plant and budget concerns saw it pushed back several months (MEED 16:12:05).

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