$1bn Raz Az Zawr order for Siemens in Saudi

Siemens lands deal for Ras Az Zwar combined cycle power plant

Karlheinz Springer and Dr. Rainer Hauenschild, Siemens AG, HE Fehaid Al-Sharief, SWCC governor and HE Abdullah al-Hossein, Saudi Arabia Minister of Wa
Karlheinz Springer and Dr. Rainer Hauenschild, Siemens AG, HE Fehaid Al-Sharief, SWCC governor and HE Abdullah al-Hossein, Saudi Arabia Minister of Wa

Siemens Energy has received a $1billion order from Saudi Arabia to supply components to the Ras Az Zwar combined cycle power plant with an associated seawater desalination facility.

Siemens will supply 12 gas turbines, 10 heat-recovery steam generators, five steam turbines and associated auxiliary and ancillary systems.

This makes it one the largest orders posted by Siemens Energy in the Middle East. The purchaser is a consortium comprising Al Arrab Contracting Company, Saudi Arabia and the Chinese Sepco III Electric Power Construction Corporation. The start of commercial operation is scheduled for early 2014.

The Ras Az Zawr facility will be built about 75km north-west of Jubail. The 2,400MW plant will generate electricity to an aluminum smelting plant, and about 225MIGD (million imperial gallons per day) of drinking water for the capital Riyadh with its five million inhabitants. That amount is equivalent to approximately a billion litres of drinking water or around 200 litres per inhabitant.

“Ras Az Zawr is one of the most important megaprojects in Saudi Arabia. It is another great example of the outstanding strength in the partnership between Siemens, ACC and Sepco.

"With this step Siemens establishes its dominant role for advanced gas turbines worldwide, as well as in Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Suess, CEO of the fossil power generation division of Siemens Energy.

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