Siemens Energy is to build two turnkey combined cycle gas turbine power plants in Oman. The purchaser of the project financed plants is a consortium led by the French utility GDF SUEZ.

Siemens will build the two 750 MW plants Barka III and Sohar II as consortium leader together with its South Korean partner GS E&C. In May 2012 the plants will go on line first as simple-cycle gas turbine installations with the extension to combined cycle to follow by April 2013. The overall investment volume is approximately USD 1.7 billion.

Michael Suess, CEO of the fossil power generation division of Siemens Energy, said “Barka III and Sohar II will be the first turnkey plants built by Siemens in Oman. Thanks to state of the art technology our plants will set new benchmarks in terms of environmental compatibility and efficiency.

Barka III will be erected in the immediate vicinity of the coastal city of the same name in northern Oman. Sohar II will be built in the Sohar industrial park approximately 200 km west of the capital Muscat. Siemens will also supply for each of these plants the main components comprising two SGT5 4000F gas turbines, one SST5 5000 steam turbine, three Sgen5 2000H generators, electrical equipment and SPPA T3000 instrumentation and control system. The project includes a long term service agreement for the gas turbines.

The consortium partner GS E&C will supply the heat-recovery steam generators and will also be responsible for items including the civil works, transformers and ancillary systems as well as equipment installation. The projects were awarded by OPWP to the lead developer GDF SUEZ and its co-developers Multitech LLC, Sojitz Corporation, Shikoku Electric Power Company Inc and Public Authority for Social Insurance.