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Ansaldo Energia providing service, digital predictive tools for power and water plant in UAE

Italian power equipment and infrastructure firm Ansaldo Energia has gained a 10-year contract to service and maintain the 947-MW Taweelah New B Extension (TNBE) combined cycle power and desalination plant near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The deal with independent power and water producer Taweelah Asia Power Co. involves long-term maintenance, parts supply, remote monitoring and repair work. Ansaldo will deploy its APEX digital predictive maintenance tools.

The full-scope, turnkey service agreement covers three dual-fuel Siemens SGT5-4000F gas-fired turbines and SGEN5-1000A air-cooled generators. This will be coupled with a Siemens SST5-6000 steam turbine and SGEN5-2000H hydrogen-cooled generator, as well as auxiliary equipment.

“Taweelah Asia Power Company’s agreement with Ansaldo Energia enables us to uphold the highest standards of technical availability and reliability and adhere to international best practices,” AbdulAziz Alobaidli, a vice president of UAE-based plant co-owner TAQA, said in a statement. “Agreements like this are an important part of our business continuity in the region.”

Ansaldo’s duties in the long term include maintenance for all scheduled and unscheduled power generation needs, as well as upgrades, repair and digital oversight.

In addition to its electricity capacity, TNBE generates upward of 68.4 million gallons per day of water using multi-stage flash desalination units and is located 80 kilometers from Abu Dhabi in Al Rahba City. TNBE is part of the larger Taweelah B Power and Water generation project and is majority owned by Abu Dhabi Power Corp. and TAQA.

On Thursday, the Emirates Water and Electricity Co. and Saudi Arabian firm ACWA Power signed a water purchase agreement to fund construction of what was called the biggest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world. The $900 million water treatment plant will be built at the Taweelah Power and Water Complex and is expected to be completed by 2022.