Siemens to supply six F-class gas turbines to Qatar: Official
23 May 2016 - 1:42
By Mohammad Shoeb
CAIRO: Siemens will soon supply six F-class gas turbines, four steam turbines and several generators for a new power generating facility in Qatar, a top official of the Europe’s largest engineering company announced here recently.
The German technology and engineering giant received these orders for a new combined-cycle power generating facility with an integrated seawater desalination plant named Umm Al Houl.
The upcoming project, with a total electricity output capacity of 2.5 gigawatts, and up to 136 million imperial gallons (618 million liters) of drinking water per day.
“We have recently signed a service contract for the upcoming power plant in Qatar. Under the contract agreement we will supply six F-class gas turbines, four steam turbines and ten generators, according to country’s requirement,” Dietmar Siersdorfer (pictured), CEO, Siemens (Middle East and UAE) told reporters from the region during a round table meeting recently in Egypt’s Beni Suef province, about 150km form here.
Dietmar was here to celebrate a milestone at the Beni Suef power plant project in the country as the first four H-class gas turbines arrived on site.
Highlighting the features of the turbines, he said: “H-class turbines are more reliable, reduces annual carbon emissions, and have achieved over 60 percent record breaking levels of efficiency. They are ideally suited to countries that are net gas importers. However, those who are self-reliant or have easy access to gas still opt for F-class turbines.”
Commenting about the scope and benefits of smart-grid system he said that it has great future as the market is growing very fast. The technology has the ability to feedback data on demand and consumption patterns from different areas in a well-balanced way so that the best suited power plant can be used to supply electricity at a given time keeping in view the peak load factor.
He also said that Siemens always look for inter-grid connections and “Qatar is a great example in this regard”.
“We are providing Kahramaa (Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation) a lot of grid-substations which are then supplying electricity from the power stations to customers which can be manufacturing facilities in industrial parks, residential housing complexes and other places where the peak load timings vary. The smart-grid supply system can ensure the efficient use of scarce resources and optimum utilisation of generation capacities,” he added.
He noted that Siemens is committed to the Middle East market, including Qatar, to provide specific technologies as per requirements.
“The company is involved in doing projects within the projects and developing specialist technologies that are best suited for the local market conditions,” Dietmar added.
“For example we have also in Qatar an R&D centre located at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) where we are developing technologies to be used in trams to adapt to the local conditions. This is being done in the country for Qatar and the greater region in the Gulf not for Germany or other countries in the world.” The Peninsula