Barka III will be erected in the immediate vicinity of the coastal city of the same name in northern Oman. Sohar II will be built in the Sohar industrial park approximately 200 kilometers west of the capital Muscat.
Siemens is to build two 750 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants in Oman for a consortium led by the French utility GDF Suez.
Siemens will build Barka III and Sohar II together with its South Korean partner GS E&C. In May 2012, both units are planned to go on in operation in simple-cycle mode, with the extension to combined-cycle to follow by April 2013. The overall investment volume is approximately $1.7bn.
In addition to turnkey construction Siemens will supply for each of these plants the main components comprising two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, one SST5-5000 steam turbine, three SGen5-2000H generators, electrical equipment and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system and is consortium leader for the turn key project. The project includes also a long-term service agreement for the gas turbines.
The consortium partner GS E&C will supply the heat-recovery steam generators and will also be responsible for items including the civil works, transformers and ancillary systems as well as equipment installation.
The projects were awarded by OPWP (Oman Power and Water Purchasing) to the lead developer GDF SUEZ and its co-developers Multitech LLC (Suhail Bahwan Group), Sojitz Corporation, Shikoku Electric Power Co, Inc. and Public Authority for Social Insurance. The close cooperation between developers and EPC consortium was a key factor for the success and award of these projects.