Jordan’s Samra Electric Power Generating Company (Sepgco) has received 11 statements of qualification to extend the third phase of the Samra power station on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

The winning bidder will convert two open cycle gas turbines, each with a capacity of 140MW, that are currently in operation at the site to combined cycle technology. The original turbines were supplied by France’s Alstom. The conversion project will add 140MW of extra power-generating capacity to the plant’s third phase. The contractor will also add two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine to the project.

The following companies have submitted statements of qualification:

  • Sepco 3 (China)
  • China National Electric Engineering Company (China)
  • China Machinery Engineering Corporation (China)
  • Shanghai Electric Company (China)
  • Hyundai (South Korea) and LG (South Korea)
  • Keangnam (South Korea)
  • CKD (Czech Republic)
  • J&P (Guernsey-headquartered)
  • Metka (Greece)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)

The expansion of the third phase was originally expected by the fourth quarter of 2013, but according to Sepgco engineer Awad Kwasmeh, the company now expects the project to be complete by end of 2014.

According to Kwasmeh, a shortlist of contractors will be drawn up within 1-2 months before a request for proposals is issued and an award made in October. The contractor will have 28 months to complete the project from the date of signing.

The project will be funded by the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development (AFESD), the Jordanian government, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Saudi Fund for Development.

The third phase of Samra power station featuring simple-cycle technology and was built by South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering & Construction. It was commissioned in May 2011. Two other phases were previously built at the site at Zarqa, located about 35 kilometres north of Amman. Both phases of 300MW each use CCGT technology.