Mitsubishi takes Berri turbines

17 January 2003
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)has been awarded an estimated $50 million-55 million contract for the supply of two Frame F501 turbines for the 240-MW expansion of a power plant at Berri gas station. The award has cleared the way for issuing a tender for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package on the scheme (MEED 20:12:02).

Three other bids were submitted for the contract in mid December by France's Alstom, Germany's Siemensand the US' GE Power. The other bids are understood to have been significantly higher than that of MHI. The consultant is the US' Foster Wheeler.

Aramco's Berri expansion is the first part of a wider power generation enhancement campaign, which is to be mainly carried out on a private basis. Developers have been asked to bid in late February for four independent power plants (IPPs) at Juaimah, Shedgum, Ras Tanoura and Uthmaniya. Bids are also due on 1 February for a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) desalination plant for the Rabigh refinery (MEED 10:1:03).

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