Iberdrola Ingenieria has been awarded a contract to take charge of the project to build the largest combined cycle power plant of the Middle East, to be located in Mesaieed, Qatar.

Under the contract, which is worth more than $1.6 billion, the Iberdrola subsidiary will be responsible for the turnkey construction, within a period of 42 months, of a new electricity generating plant, which will have six gas and three steam turbines and an installed power of 2,000MW.

This combined cycle plant will be able to supply the entire population of Qatar, which currently amounts to almost 900,000. It will also involve an increase of installed power in the peninsular of 55.5% compared to that estimated for the end of this year (about 3,600MW).

The contract was adjudicated to the company by the Japanese multinational Marubeni, which won the international tender called by Kahramaa (Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation) and in which the Belgian Tractebel and the British International Power also took part.

Delivery of the Qatar power station to the customer will be staggered. The first 1,000MW of power will be started up in the summer of 2008, at the beginning of 2009, the installed capacity will rise to 1,600MW and in April 2010 this new installation will reach 2,000MW.

This contract is the largest ever achieved by a Spanish company in an Arabic country and the second achieved by Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion in the Arabian Gulf, following the recent adjudication of another in the United Arab Emirates to build a 225MW open cycle plant.