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Powering Lebanon Projects

Engines to aid urgently needed Lebanon combined-cycle diesel projects, converted in the medium-term for gas operation

Posted on March 26, 2013

MAN Diesel & Turbo is supplying a total of 14 18V48/60 engines for two new power plants in Lebanon that will produce electricity for the state-owned supply company Électricité du Liban.

The power plants, which will deliver an output of 194 MW and 78 MW, respectively, are being built in Zouk and Jiyeh, near Beirut, by a consortium comprising MAN and the Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC), which will be responsible for all technical and commercial aspects of the project, providing a single source of contact for the client. The order for the consortium is worth approximately US$348 million.

In addition to the engines, the order from MAN also comprises kits for converting the engines to gas-powered operation: as soon as the region’s gas infrastructure is functioning the engines will be switched to dual-fuel capability, allowing them to be operated both with liquid as well gaseous fuels.

The plants – with a combined maximum capacity of 272 MW – will generate electricity using heavy fuel oil (HFO) and natural gas as fuel and will operate in combined-cycle applications, utilizing waste heat from the engines to power a further steam turbine. The prime movers, associated equipment and overall conceptual layout have been configured to provide an overall electrical efficiency of more than 48%, the company said.

The power plants will play an important role in safeguarding a stable and reliable supply of electricity to the region and will be handed over to the clients Électricité du Liban and the Lebanese Ministry for Energy and Water in 2014.