Alstom won a contract to supply equipment for the Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant located on the Red Sea coast in the western part of Saudi Arabia. This will be one of the country's first supercritical power plants to run on heavy fuel oil.
Alstom's part in the contract includes the basic engineering of the power block, advisory services during detailed engineering and procurement, supervision services during construction and commissioning and delivery of main equipment for 5 x 620 MW units including the steam turbines and generators, the heavy fuel oil-fired supercritical boilers, electrostatic precipitators and the flue gas desulphurization system. The plant is due to enter commercial operation in 2016.
Alstom will supply the equipment to Al-Toukhi Co. for Industry, Trading and Contracting, which is leading the consortium in charge of the engineering, procurement and construction of the plant for the Saline Water Conversion Corp., one of the leading power and water utilities in the region.
The plant will produce 3,100 MW power to meet the increasing electricity demands as it will supply sweet water and feed the grid in the western part of the country where the cities of Jeddah, Yanbu and the holy cities Mecca and Madinah are located. The balance power and extracted steam will be fed into the associated new Yanbu 550'000 m3/d desalination plant, which will be a key supplier of water to the city of Madinah.