Siemens signs up for Al-Zour

09 May 2003
Germany's Siemens Power Generation Group (PG)signed in early May the $418 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project to install 1,000 MW of gas turbine capacity at a greenfield site west of the existing Al-Zour South power station. Siemens will be assisted on the project by the local Fouad al-Ghanim & Sons, which will be the subcontractor for the construction, civils, erection and some auxilliary plant work. The value of the Siemens portion of the contract is put at Eur 280 million ($255 million) (MEED 15:11:02; 16:8:02).

The contract covers the supply and installation of eight open cycle gas turbines, each with capacity of 125 MW, as well as associated generators and electrical, instrumentation and control equipment. The plant will be installed by the summer of 2005.

In January, the Central Tenders Committee recommended the award of the contract to Siemens PG, after evaluating bids from three companies. The two other bidders were Paris-based Alstom Powerand the US' General Electric Power Systems(MEED 24:1:03).

The US' Parsons Brinckerhoff Internationalis the consultant for the project. The client is the Ministry of Electricity & Water, which had originally invited bids for a 1,000-MW plant at Shuaiba. However, the tender was cancelled after the National Assembly (parliament) objected on the grounds that the project had not passed through the CTC.

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