Siemens delivers its 1,000th gas turbine to Qatar

Siemens celebrated the arrival of the company’s 1000th gas turbine produced at its Berlin factory to the Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant in Qatar.

The fifth of six 11-metre-long SGT5-4000F turbines has arrived at the plant that will supply around 25% of Qatar’s power generation capacity.

The event was attended by Adrian Wood, CEO of Siemens in Qatar; Gianluigi Di Giovanni, senior executive vice president, power generation services, Middle East and North Africa at Siemens; Fahad Al Mohannadi, chairman of Umm Al Houl and general manager and managing director of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC); Jamal Al Khalaf, CEO of Umm Al Houl Power Company and John Chang, executive vice president of global business and operations at Samsung C&T.

Weighing in at a hefty 300 metric tonnes, the turbine has travelled from the Siemens factory to Berlin’s Westhafen port, finally reaching its destination in Qatar. One SGT5-4000F turbine has a capacity of 300 megawatts, which translates into electricity for 1.8 million people.

Located 15km south of Doha and adjacent to Qatar Economic Zone 3, the Umm Al Houl power plant will consist of two power blocks when complete. It will deliver almost one quarter of the nation's installed power generating capacity, comprising a total electrical output of 2.5 gigawatts, and up to 136 million imperial gallons (618 million liters) of drinking water per day.

The plant is set to ensure sufficient power and an adequate water supply to anticipate seasonal fluctuations and major events.

Commissioning of the first phase of the plant is scheduled for 2017, with commissioning of the entire complex scheduled for mid-2018.

In addition to six turbines, Siemens is charged with supplying four steam turbines and ten generators. The company has also signed a 25-year service agreement for the plant’s maintenance and servicing.

Siemens has been contracted by Samsung C&T, which is building the entire complex together with its consortium partner Hitachi Zosen. The end-customer is the project company Umm Al Houl, a consortium comprising QEWC,Qatar Foundation, Qatar Petroleum, Mitsubishi Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Company