DDIT has recently been sold to Germany’s Siemensand will be integrated into the company’s power generation division by September 2004.

Under the SR 285 million ($76 million) contract, DDIT will supply and install five 25-MW turbines. Despite an installed capacity of 125 MW, the turbines will largely operate at about 90 MW due to the extreme temperatures during much of the year. The first turbine is due to become operational within 12 months, with the following four turbines coming on stream throughout the subsequent four months.

The project comprises the first stage of Yamama’s planned power scheme. Under a second phase – due to be carried out following the installation of a new 10,000-tonne-a-day cement and clinker line – the capacity of the captive power plant is set to be doubled.

Under an agreement with Saudi Aramco, gas for the plant will be pumped in from the Eastern Province through an existing pipeline that already supplies Yamama’s kilns.

Yamama is in discussions with a European contractor to carry out the cement plant expansion (MEED 14:11:03).