MAN Diesel & Turbo builds power plant in Saudi Arabia
MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an EPC-contract to build a power plant for the Arabian Cement Company (ACC) in Saudi Arabia. The 40 MW plant will be equipped with two type 18V48/60 TS engines and will provide power to a cement factory in Rabigh, around 120 km north of Jeddah, at the red sea coast. The plant will be operated by heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel oil (DO).
The MAN 48/60 TS engine offers two-stage turbocharging, making it one of the most efficient engines on the market. The two-stage version delivers extra power, greater power density and increased turbocharging efficiency compared to the engine with a single turbocharger.
Construction of the agreed first phase of the power plant is scheduled for 2016/17. The plant’s capacity will be increased to a total of 120 MW by two additional phases of construction which will see a further four engines installed.
“MAN Diesel & Turbo has been a reliable partner of ours for many years”, said .Gasem Al Maimani – President & CEO “In addition to a high level of professionalism and the quality of the engines, we appreciate the company’s flexibility and capacity for innovation which enables it to implement even complex customer requirements.”
As the consortium leader for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), MAN Diesel & Turbo is responsible for the construction of the entire plant. This is a familiar role for the company, which already has a wealth of prior experience in the region. “This order marks another milestone in the development of our EPC business in Saudi Arabia and speaks to the trustful relationship we were able to build with the local cement and building industry”, says Ashraf Al Natsheh, Senior Sales Director Power Plants for Saudi Arabia In 2016, MAN will also hand over a 55 MW power plant to the customer United Cement Industrial Company, which is operated by MAN’s service brand PrimeServ.
Saudi Arabia is a growing core market for the MAN Diesel & Turbo power plant division. “We have established a good reputation by completing a large number of successful projects in Saudi Arabia”, confirms Alexander Stöckler, Global Head of Sales at the MAN Diesel & Turbo power plant division. “It is crucial that we maintain our reputation and continue to prove our capability with each new project. We are very grateful to have a working relationship with ACC stretching back more than 30 years that is characterised by mutual trust.”
The extreme climatic conditions in Saudi Arabia are challenging for personnel and technical equipment. “Ambient temperatures up to 50°C, ambient air full of dust and sand, and occasional heavy rainfall are the kinds of conditions we have to deal with here”, explains Ralf Göppel, Senior Project Manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo.