Gecol drives forward power projects ahead of Libyan anniversary

03 December 2007
General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol) has selected contractors for three power plant projects in the country. Driven by the need to complete the projects in time for the 40th anniversary of the revolution in 2009, it has moved quickly on the schemes.

Gecol has signed contracts and issued letters of intent to contractors for the Zuweitina, Sebha and Sarir simple-cycle power plants, which will add a total of 2,105MW to the country's installed capacity.

A consortium of South Korea's Hyundia Heavy Industries and the local Global Electrical Services Company (Gesco) has signed the contract for engineering, procurement and construction of the largest of the plants. Gesco is a joint venture of Gecol and South Africa's Eskom.

The Sarir plant will have a total capacity of 855MW, using three 285MW Siemens gas turbines. The estimated cost of the plant is $500m.
A second plant will be built at Sebha. Gecol has issued a letter of intent to a consortium of Turkey's Enka Teknik and Gesco for the 750MW power station.

The two companies will also work together on a 500MW plant at Zuweitina, with Enka Teknik acting as sub-contractor to Gesco. Enka Teknik will design the plant and carry out site works.

The contractors say they will complete the projects on time, but the boom in infrastructure development may make it difficult for them to source manpower and materials.

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