Entrant: Al-Hassan Engineering Company (sub-contractor)
Project owner: Al-Suwaidi Power Company
Project contractors: GS Engineering & Construction, Siemens
Engineering consultant: Suez-Tractebel Operations and Maintenance Oman

Description: To address the increasing demand for electricity in Oman, the government is commissioning an expansion of the Barka independent power project (IPP) called Barka 3. The greenfield, natural-gas-fired plant will operate on a combined-cycle basis and is expected to have a capacity of 750MW when completed in April 2013. Barka 3’s technology will include gas and steam turbines, heat-recovery steam generators and a mini water and wastewater treatment plant.

With its state-of-the-art combined-cycle turbine technology, the IPP will set a new benchmark in terms of environmental compatibility and efficiency. The gas feedstock for Barka 3 will be supplied through an existing 24-inch pipeline currently feeding the nearby Barka 1 and 2 power plants.

The plant is situated close to the sea and, as a result, the area in which the construction was to occur was sandy. During the scheme’s initial stage, the client built roads to the project’s sub-base, ensuring less money and time were wasted on transportation costs.