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Alstom Adds 400 MW In Kuwait

Combined-cycle plant to help country meet high summer power needs

Posted on December 31, 2012

Alstom has won a contract with Alghanim International to add a steam tail (add-on) to the Kuwaiti Az-Zour gas-fired power plant, converting it from a simple-cycle to a combined-cycle plant. The power plant is located approximately 80 km south of Kuwait City.

The steam tail will add 400 MW to the existing 800 MW simple-cycle power plant capacity, increase its efficiency and cut emissions per MW produced, Alstom said.

Alghanim International, a Kuwait-based multi-national conglomerate spanning a wide range of industrial sectors, has contracted Alstom to supply the power island and main equipment for the plant, which is to be operational by 2014. The contract follows Alstom’s 2007 contract with Alghanim to supply Az-Zour with five GT13E2 gas turbines and five TOPAIR generators.

In addition, Alstom has signed an eight-year Long-Term Service Agreement (LTSA) contract that includes the provision of spare parts, reconditioning services and technical field advisory services.

Kuwait’s electricity demand has been growing at an average of 8% per year, driven by a recent boom in construction. Meeting this demand has become a critical issue for Kuwait, especially during the hot summer months when, due to air-conditioning requirements, consumption often reaches the country’s maximum production capacity. The country is looking to add capacity to its currently installed 12.6 GW to meet these summer energy needs.