Coal, Gas

Yemen begins to expand power capacity

7 March 2005 – The Yemeni government has commissioned a 340 MW power project in an expansion programme created to reduce the country’s regular power shortages. Yemen currently has an installed power plant capacity of 900 MW, which serves only half of the country’s population.

State owned Yemeni utility, Public Electricity Corporation, awarded the contracts worth €120m ($159m) for the creation of a 340 MW gas turbine power plant in Marib, 200 km east of the capital Sanaa. The government has three phases planned at the Marib site that will eventually see its generation capacity raised to 1000 MW.

Under a contract worth €75m, Siemens will supply three gas turbines, the instrumentation and controls systems and overall project management. Arabian BEMCO, a Saudi consortium partner, will be responsible for the other electrical and mechanical equipment and for the civil structures and installation.

Project financing will be secured through the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. The plant will begin commercial operation mid 2007 and will feed power into the Yemeni grid.