CMS still committed to Sadaf co-gen deal

06 September 2002

The US' CMS Energy Corporationstated on 4 September that it was still actively pursuing a captive power project about which it has been negotiating for some months with Saudi Petrochemical Company (Sadaf- MEED 19:7:02). CMS was responding to industry reports in Riyadh suggesting that the US energy firm was on the point of pulling out.

CMS was selected in April 2001 as the preferred bidder for the 240-MW independent power plant (IPP). The electricity generated is to be used, along with the steam produced, to serve Sadaf's petrochemical facilities in Jubail.

Industry sources say there are concerns that CMS' appetite for the project may have been affected by developments in the US energy market, and that there are also problems to be overcome relating to the ancillary services that the IPP would need to purchase from Saudi Electricity Company.

CMS decided at the end of 2001 to pull out of all international investments other than in the Middle East (MEED 30:11:01).

As well as the Saudi project, CMS also has interests in private power and water projects in the UAE.

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