7 August 2007 – A consortium led by Siemens Power Generation has received an order from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Energy to extend the Az Zour gas turbine power plant to form a combined cycle station.
The turnkey order is worth approximately €600m ($827m), with around €350m secured by Siemens Power Generation (PG). It was won by Siemens PG as part of a consortium that also includes Belgian firm Cockerill Maintenance & Ingenierie (CMI) and local partner Alghanim International.
The plant will be extended in two phases: Unit 1 is scheduled to start commercial operation in March 2010, with Unit 2 coming online in June 2010. This is the first time that the Kuwaiti government has awarded a service contract for a power plant of this size. Siemens will perform the maintenance for the eight gas turbines for the upcoming five years and will also supply replacement parts for the turbines and generators.
In addition to the steam turbine packages, Siemens PG’s scope of supply encompasses the water/steam cycle, turbine building, transformers, and the entire electrical and instrumentation and control equipment. CMI is to supply the heat recovery steam generators.
The contract will see Siemens supply a plant configuration with four heat recovery steam generators connected to a single steam turbine for the first time. This environmentally friendly utilization of exhaust heat is expected to save valuable fuel and simultaneously reduce plant emissions.