November 6, 2012 — Alstom signed two orders worth about $96 million with Metka S.A., an international contractor for large scale energy projects to deliver power generation equipment for key projects that Metka is executing for the Samra Electric Power Co. in the Kingdom of Jordan.
The first contract involves the delivery of a GT13E2 gas turbine and associated spares for a new fast-track simple cycle power plant, being constructed in the region of Zarqa in Jordan. Alstom will design, deliver and supervise the installation of one GT13E2 gas turbine, generator and auxiliaries for the new unit.
The supply and installation will take place in a fast-track mode with commercial operation scheduled for June 2013. The power plant will add 146 MW to the Jordanian grid, bringing much needed generation capacity ahead of the peak summer months.
The GT13E2 gas turbine is already in operation in Jordan. In a contract awarded in 2009, Alstom supplied two GT13E2 gas turbines for the 285 MW Samra III simple cycle plant. The plant has been operational since 2011.
The second contract involves the supply of Alstom steam-tail add-on technology to convert the existing 285 MW Samra III simple cycle gas-fired plant to a combined cycle plant. The add-on of this technology will increase the power generation capacity of the unit by an additional 143 MW. The project will enter commercial operation in 2015.
A steam-tail consists of adding steam power generation equipment to an existing gas power plant to increase its efficiency and cut emissions per MW produced.
Steam-tails are an efficient solution to increase generation capacity in the Middle East region, which has plenty of simple cycle gas-fired plants under operation. Alstom has wide experience in adding steam tails to suit any class of gas turbines from any original equipment manufacturer.
Across the Middle East, it has helped major energy producers improve plant efficiency with steam tail add-ons. Recent projects in the region include the steam tail contract for the Riyadh PP12 gas-fired power plant being constructed for the Saudi Electric Co. in Saudi Arabia and the steam tail for the Az-Zour gas-fired project in Kuwait, which will add 400 MW to the existing plant capacity.