Canadian firm appointed for Emal power expansion project

21 March 2016

Expansion will increase capacity of plant by 220MW

Canadian firm Hatch has been appointed to manage the construction of the planned expansion to the captive power plant at Emal’s Al-Taweelah complex in Abu Dhabi.

According to sources close to the project, the Canadian firm has been appointed engineering, procurement and construction manager (EPCM) for the planned expansion of Emal’s captive power plant. The company will oversee and manage all of the construction work on the expansion of the generation facility.

In November 2015, Emal awarded Spain’s Abengoa a $215m EPC contract to build the expansion. However, according to sources close to the project, the client has now decided to appoint Hatch to manage the construction process and will instead tender a number of EPC packages for contractors to bid for.

In addition to the additional 220MW power capacity, the plant expansion will generate up to 600 tonnes of steam per hour.

In 2015, South Korea’s Samsung C&T 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 expansion of the captive power plant is being carried out to provide power for the expansion of the smelter. 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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