Siemens bags $ 1 billion order for Saudi power plant

Siemens has received an order valued at over 1 billion U.S. dollars to supply key components for the IPP Qurayyah combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With an installed capacity of 4 gigawatts (GW) it will be one of the world's largest CCPPs, and will supply enough electrical energy to meet approximately one tenth of the country's current power demand for its 28 million inhabitants.

Siemens' scope of supply encompasses a total of 12 SGT6-5000F gas turbines, 18 generators of the SGEN6-1000A series and six SST6-4000 steam turbines together with the associated electrical systems. Siemens Energy will also provide the long-term maintenance for the equipment. Despite the hot climatic conditions, Qurayyah IPP will have a net efficiency of 52 percent, 14 percentage points better than typical steam power plants in the country.

According to Roland Fischer, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division of Siemens Energy, the company will supply the components from its recently inaugurated U.S. gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, and also from its manufacturing plants in Berlin and Muelheim, Germany.

Commissioning of the total of six blocks is scheduled for 2014. The project consortium is led by the Saudi company ACWA Power with Samsung C&T and MENA fund as further members. Siemens received the order from Samsung C&T which also acts as EPC contractor. In addition, a long-term service and maintenance agreement for the power plant was signed with Hajr Project Company.