UAE's EGA installs Siemens H-class gas turbine at Jebel Ali facility

Touted as the biggest in the UAE, the 13.5m-long gas turbine weighs 414.6 tonnes and was shipped by sea from Berlin

Siemens built the H-class turbine in Berlin and it was shipped to the UAE by sea.
Siemens built the H-class turbine in Berlin and it was shipped to the UAE by sea.

UAE-based largest industrial company — outside oil and gas — Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has moved Siemens H-class gas turbine by road from Dubai-based global ports operator DP World’s Jebel Ali port to EGA’s site in Jebel Ali through an overnight operation.

Touted as the biggest in the UAE, the gas turbine weighs 414.6 tonnes (t) and is 13.5-metre-long. EGA used an oversized truck to transport the gas turbine for a six-kilometre distance from Jebel Ali Port, with the entire operation being completed in four hours over a period of two days.

Siemens built the H-class turbine in Berlin and it was shipped to the UAE by sea.

Following delivery, the turbine was placed in its permanent location at the $272.3m (AED1bn) power block, with the turbine set to further improve the efficiency of EGA’s electricity generation. The new power block is developed by JA Power & Water Co, a joint venture formed by Mubadala and Dubal Holding.

With the scheme, EGA has become the first in global aluminium industry to use a Siemens H-class gas turbine, which helps efficient power generation.

Speaking about the process, Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, EGA’s chief executive officer, said: “Use of the H-class gas turbine will enable EGA to further improve energy efficiency, saving natural resources and reducing costs and environmental emissions.

“The arrival and installation of the turbine is a milestone in the new power block project, and we are pleased it has been completed safely and efficiently.”

Meanwhile, CEO for the Middle East and UAE at Siemens, Dietmar Siersdorfer, said: “The Siemens H-class is among the world’s most efficient and powerful gas turbines. The EGA power plant will be the most efficient gas-fired facility in the UAE and will significantly lower emissions and strengthen the industry.

EGA’s new power block will have a generation capacity of over 600MW of electricity, with the company intending to buy the output for 25 years after commissioning.

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