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Siemens has won an order to supply the key power generation equipment for the Sabiya Extension 3 combined cycle power plant in Kuwait. The power train will provide an electrical capacity of about 900 MW. A long-term service agreement is also included. The plant will start simple cycle operation in winter of 2019. Commissioning of the combined cycle operation is scheduled for the end of 2020.
The natural gas-fired Sabiya Extension 3 is being built on the existing site of the Sabiya power plant on the Bay of Kuwait in the country’s northeast. It can also be operated with fuel oil as a back-up fuel. The multi-shaft combined cycle power plant will provide an electrical capacity of over 900 MW. The power train from Siemens consists of two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, two hydrogen-cooled SGen5-2000H generators, one SST5-5000 steam turbine, and a SGen5-2000H steam turbine generator. Siemens will also deliver the SPPA-T3000 control system and 26 bays of 400-kV/80-kA gas-insulated switchgear with the associated control and protection systems for the power plant’s substation. The substation will provide power to the newly developing areas in northern Kuwait. The long-term service agreement covers the power train components including Power Diagnostics and Remote Monitoring, which are part of Siemens’ Digital Services portfolio. Support from Siemens’ remote monitoring center is available 24/7 and allows specialists to resolve potential issues remotely before they become serious, just as though they were working on-site.
At present there are six F-class gas turbines running in the Sabiya and Az Zour South power plant projects.
At the beginning of this year Siemens received an additional order in Kuwait to deliver an industrial steam turbine package to transform the Az Zour South 3 open cycle gas turbine power plant into a combined cycle power plant. This plant is also operated by MEW. The expansion will increase the total installed capacity of the plant by 263 MW without using any additional gas.