Ministry begins Al-Zour conversion

02 December 2005
Four international contractors - Paris-based Alstom, the US' GE Power, Japan's MitsubishiHeavyIndustriesand Siemensof Germany - have been invited to bid by 27 December for a contract to convert the Al-Zour South power station to combined cycle. The client is the Energy Ministry (Electricity & Water).

Under the terms of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, the selected contractor will install two 250-MW steam turbines and heat recovery boilers at the 1,000-MW gas-fired plant. A pre-bid meeting will be held on 26 November. An award is expected by the end of the second quarter of 2006.

Al-Zour South comprises eight 125-MW open cycle turbines. It was commissioned on a fast-track basis by Siemens in 2004 (MEED 13:8:04).

The state is looking to significantly expand its power generation capacity as demand for electricity soars. A tender for the 2,500-MW Al-Zour North power plant is expected in 2006, while bids are due by 27 November for the construction of a 1,500-MW power plant at Subiya (MEED 14:10:05; 7:10:05).

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