Gas Turbine and Combined-Cycle
 Power Plants in Bahrain
   
Al Ezzel
Location: Bahrain
Operator: Al-Ezzel Power Co
Configuration: Two 475-MW,  2+1 combined-cycle desalination blocks with SGT5-2000E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 2006-2007
HRSG supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens, Tractebel Al Khaleej
Quick facts: This is Bahrain's first IPP and is located in the Hidd Industrial Area.
The $500mn plant was opened in May 2007 by Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and increased the country's installed capacity by about 50%. The plant has a 20yr PPA with the Ministry of Electricity and Water signed in Jul 2004. Site work started in Dec 2004 and the GTs went into simple-cycle operation on schedule in late Apr 2006 after 29mos of work. The steam sets were added in May 2007. Site manpower peaked at 1,850 in Dec 2005 and there were only two minor lost-time accidents during more than 4.2mn manhours of work. The project was developed by Suez Energy International and Gulf Investment Corp, each of which retains a 45% stake after selling 5% each to the Pension Fund Commission of Bahrain.

Photograph courtesy of Siemens
Posted 16 May 2007

Al Hidd I
Location: Bahrain
Operator: Ministry of Electricity & Water
Configuration: 2 X 136 MW desalination plant with GT13E2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: ABB, Sadelmi
Quick facts: Fisia Italimpianti was the lead contractor on the four 7.5 mgd desalination modules.

Photograph courtesy of Sadelmi
Posted 25 Nov 2005
 

Al Hidd II
Location: Bahrain
Operator: Ministry of Electricity & Water
Configuration: 630-MW, 3+1 combined-cycle desalination plant with GT13E2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 2004
HRSG supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom, Sadelmi
Quick facts: In Apr 2000, ESB International was awarded the contract for preparation of specifications for the Al-Hidd II project plus expansion of the Hidd 220kV substation. In Sep 2001, Alstom was awarded a 350mn turnkey contract for the plant. The project also included water forwarding and blending stations, 45km of transmission line, and other water works. International Power has a 40% stake in the plant.

Photograph courtesy of Sadelmi
Posted 18 Nov 2005

Abbreviations: ABB = Asea Brown Boveri, HRSG = heat recovery steam generator, mgd = million gallons per day, T/G = turbine generator

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 11/03/07

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