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Bahrain opens first private power plant

$500 million plant will help meet Bahrain's growing demand for electricity.

The first private power plant in Bahrain was unveiled yesterday by Crown Prince and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Gulf News reported that the $500 million plant was completed on time in under 30 months. The first phase of the project completed in April 2006, with 470 mega-watts of generating capacity made available to the Bahrain national grid during last summer. A further 480mw is now available, bringing total capacity to 950mw.

Owned by Al Ezzel Power Company, the plant was co-developed by Gulf Investment Corporation and Suez Energy International and will help meet a growing need for electricty resulting from Bahrain’s rapidly growing economy. The plant is fired with natural gas supplied by the Bahrain Petroleum Company.

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