First CCGT for German engineering giants

The first Siemens combined cycle power plant in Morocco has been inaugurated at Tahaddart, one of the first projects implemented as the national power market is opened to foreign investors and worth some euro420 million to the German engineering group.. The 384 MW turnkey plant is about 30 km south of Tangier and took just over two years to build on behalf of Energie Electrique de Tahaddart. State-owned Moroccan power utility Office Nationale de l’Electricité (ONE) holds a 48% interest, Endesa has a 32 % stake and Siemens Project Ventures holds 20%.

Along with the SGT5-4000F gas turbine, and the associated steam turbine, generator and the closed and open-loop control systems, Siemens also .delivered the 13 km gas line to the Maghreb-Europe Pipeline for the plant’s fuel supply. The plant is due to begin commercial operations in April when it will deliver some 17% of the country’s total installed capacity.