Siemens bids low for Shuaiba

25 January 2002

Technical clarifications have been sent out by the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) to the two lowest bidders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the proposed Shuaiba power plant project. Three international companies submitted bids by the early-January deadline (MEED 11:1:02; 28:12:01).

Sources say Germany's Siemens quoted a price of KD 130.2 million ($419 million), offering eight open-cycle gas turbines of 125-MW each. It was followed by France's Alstom Powerwhich submitted a price of KD 135.6 million ($437 million) for seven turbines each of 145-MW. The other bidder was Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The EPC contract calls for the installation of 1,000-MW of capacity at Shuaiba. Of this, 400 MW of capacity will be installed by summer 2003 and the remaining 600 MW by mid 2005.

The new capacity will be built on the site of the former Shuaiba North power station, which has been decommissioned following extensive damage incurred during the Iraqi invasion in 1990 (MEED 16:2:01).

The US' Parsons Brinckerhoff Internationalis the consultant for the project.

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