Consortium to supply 1250 MW to one of world's largest aluminium smelters by mid-2010.
The new aluminium smelter company in Qatar, Qatalum, has awarded the EPC contract for its 1250 MW power plant to a consortium consisting of General Electric(GE) and Doosan Heavy Industries.
The Qatalum project, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Norwegian firm Hydro Aluminium AS, is to be located in Mesaieed Industrial City and will be the largest initial phase greenfield aluminium smelter ever built.
Qatalum's power plant will use gas provided by QP under a long-term supply agreement. It will be a combined cycle unit with a configuration that includes four F-Class gas turbines plus two steam turbines.
According to the project schedule, the power plant will start operations in September 2009 in order to meet the scheduled first liquid metal production by December 2009. It is scheduled for completion by mid-2010.
"The signature of the power plant contract is a major milestone in the development of the new aluminium smelter in Qatar," QP and Hydro said in a joint statement on 11 July.
"Qatalum will be a state-of-the-art installation with the capacity to produce 585000 metric tonnes of high-quality aluminium products for the export market and for the GCC region," it added.
Meanwhile, technical and commercial proposals were due in by 29 July for Qatar's Ras Laffan C independent power and water project (IWPP), 80 km north-east of Doha.
Four foreign companies, reportedly International Power, Marubeni Corporation, Suez and AES Corporation, are heading the consortia to have been prequalified.
The winning consortium will take a 40% stake in the project company, with the remainder to be split between QP and Qatar Water & Electricity Company (QEWC).
The US$2 billion IWPP will be Qatar's biggest, with a capacity of 2600 MW and 55 million gallons per day (MIGD) of water.
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