Yemen’s Public Electricity Corporation (PEC) has awarded a contract to India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) to build the planned Marib 2 power plant.

The simple-cycle plant will have the capacity to produce 380-480MW of power. The contract is worth $436m.

BHEL competed against Germany’s Siemens, Italy’s Ansaldo, Saudi Arabia’s National Contracting Company and China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation for the contract.

The scheme is funded by the Saudi Fund for Development, the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development and the Yemeni government. Germany’s Fichtner is the consultant on the project.

PEC is also planning the Marib 3 plant at the site, which will add a further 300MW of capacity.