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Building Blocks In The Sandbox

MAN engines generate electricity for Saudi Arabia cement works

Posted on November 4, 2013

MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order from the United Cement Industrial Co. to build a power plant in Saudi Arabia. Five MAN 20V32/44CR engines will provide electricity for a new cement works 160 kms to the south of Jeddah, near the Red Sea. With a total plant output of 54.5 MW, the works will be able to produce approximately 4535 tonnes/day of cement.

MAN will build the power plant under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement. The company will be responsible for not only delivering the engines themselves, but also for the erection of all essential ancillary equipment – from the machine control room and the cooling system to the processing and disposal system. A consortium partner is responsible for local deliveries and services. MAN said the order is worth tens of millions Euros to the company.

The new cement works operated by the United Cement Industrial Co. is being built in a very hot, sandy region in which temperatures can reach up to 50oC in the summer. The reliability of MAN engines during operation in such extreme conditions was one of the key criteria behind the purchase. The power plant's system design has also been optimized to accommodate the climatic conditions, the company said.

Construction of the plant began in the autumn of 2013, with delivery of the engines taking place in mid-2014.