Siemens Power Plant for Yemen
A Siemens-led consortium has secured a contract to construct a gas turbine power plant in Yemen for the state-owned Yemeni utility Public Electricity Corporation (PEC). The contract is valued at approximately US$159 million – the Siemens Power Generation (PG) share of the contract is about US$99 million. The new plant will have a capacity of 340 MW and will be built in Marib.
PG’s scope of supply and services for the Marib I unit includes three gas turbines, the instrumentation and controls systems, and overall project management. Arabian BEMCO, the Saudi consortium partner, will be responsible for the other electrical and mechanical equipment, and for the civil structures and installation. Project financing will be secured through the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, the Saudi Fund for Development and the Yemeni state. The plant is to begin commercial operation in the summer of 2007 and will provide power to the Yemeni grid.
Yemen suffers from regular power shortages and its total installed power plant capacity is approximately 900 MW serving only about half of the population. Marib I is the first major milestone in the planed expansion of the country’s power supply. Based on the plans of the Yemeni government, a total power plant capacity of 1000 MW will be installed at this site in three phases. The plant will be fueled with previously unutilized natural gas from the oil recovery operations of Yemen Hunt Oil Company making the oil available for export.