An international group led by Siemensof Germany has been awarded an estimated $175 million contract to build a turnkey power station near Khartoum. The joint venture of Siemens and H Cegielski Poznan (HCP)of Poland will be responsible for building the 257-MW plant, which will be powered by seven two-stroke diesel engines. A 110-kV switching station will connect the plant to the country's high-voltage grid. The contract was awarded on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis by Malaysia developer DIT Power Kilo-X (DPKX).
Commissioning of the Kilo-X power plant will take place in stages in 2004. Upon completion, it will be the largest diesel-operated facility in the world. The power station will initially be operated with imported diesel, but in the medium-to-long term the government plans to supply fuel from domestic refineries, an official at Siemens said. The generated power will be purchased by the state-owned National Electricity Corporation.
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