Aqaba Power Plant: the technical features

18 October 1996


Forced draft, top supported, natural circulation, single drum, tangential burners.

Heavy oil firing

442 tons/hr SH steam flow

540 degree C SH/RH termperature

147 KG cm2 SH steam pressure


Tandem compound, double flow LP, single reheat extract, 3,000 rpm steam turbine.

Air cooled, 50 Hz, 15 kV, 160 MVA generator.

Double pass condenser


Complete mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and Control Balance of Plant, including No. 1 desalination unit of 1100 m3 /day and No. 1 hydraulic recovery turbine.

Key events:

Contract award:25 May 1995

Coming into force:Date of award

Completion time:28/30.5 months

Handing over:25 September 1997-10 December 1997

Guarantee period:2 years


ABB Consortium: ABB PGL Baden (Switzerland) - Leadership, TG supply, condenser supply, HP heaters supply, commissioning.

ABB SAE Sadelmi (Italy) - Civil design (part), BOP supply, DCS supply, site organisation, local transportation, erection works, commissioning.

Combustion Engineering (US) - Engineering work

Combustion Engineering (Italy) - Boiler supply.

Total value: $146.4 million.

Fifth unit: $70 million

Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) - Civil Works. Value $59 million.

Industrial Export (Romania) - Oil storage tanks. Value $6 million

Rolls Royce (UK) - Upgrade of Aqaba substation to connect with Egypt and northern Jordan. Value $55 million.

Consultants - Merz & McLellan Consulting Engineers (UK), part of Parsons Brinckerhoff Company (US)

Alcatel Kabel Norge - Four subsea 400-kV cables to Jordanian and Egyptian grids. Value: $62 million (this is a separate project)

Funding agencies:

Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund (Japan): Boilers and turbines for Aqaba 2.

Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development (AFESD): Civil works and oil tanks, third turbine, grid connection

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