Siemens has won an order to supply the key power generation equipment for the Sabiya Extension 3 combined cycle power plant in Kuwait. The contract was awarded by the plant owner, the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW), to Alghanim International for execution of engineering, procurement and construction.

The new power train will provide an electrical capacity of about 900 MW. A long- term service agreement with Alghanim International is also included.

Siemens’ customer, Kuwaiti EPC and O&M contractor Alghanim International, is responsible for constructing the entire plant, establishing the grid connection, and operating and maintaining it. The plant will start simple cycle operation in winter 2019. Commissioning of the combined cycle equipment 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 new multi-shaft combined cycle power plant will consist of two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, two hydrogen-cooled SGen5-2000H generators, one SST5-5000 steam turbine, and an SGen5-2000H steam turbine generator. Siemens will also deliver a SPPA-T3000 control system and 26 bays of 400kV/80 kA gas-insulated switchgear with the associated control and protection systems for the power plant’s substation.

The long-term service agreement covers the power train components and includes power diagnostics and remote monitoring, which are part of Siemens’ Digital Services for Energy portfolio.

At present there are six F-class gas turbines running in the Sabiya and Az Zour South power plants. “This is the fourth power plant order that Siemens has secured in Kuwait in only four years, following the orders for Sabiya Extensions 1 and 2 and Az Zour South,” said Jean Claude Nasr, head of sales for the Middle East & North Africa Region at Siemens Power and Gas.

At the beginning of this year Siemens received an order 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.