Elsewedy-Mitsubishi consortium wins Sharjah power plant deal

F seriesSharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has awarded an order for the construction of a 1GW Al Layyah gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) power plant to a consortium of Elsewedy Electric and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS)

The plant, to be fired by natural gas, will be located in the suburb of Layyah. The startup of the plant is scheduled in mid-2021. The project is set to be the first in Sharjah to be financed as an export loan with support from Japan's export credit agency (ECA).

Under the terms of the agreement, MHPS is expected to provide the core equipment including two gas turbines, one steam turbine, three generators and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG). Elsewedy Electric will provide engineering, procure the balance of the plant and other equipment and undertake construction at the site.

The initiative is in line with SEWA’s plan to address an increasingly tight power supply due to Sharjah's economic development. SEWA has embarked on a programme to increase power output and boost efficiency through adoption of power generation facilities.

MHPS aims to contribute to a stable electricity supply in Sharjah through the provision of its F Series gas turbines.

MHPS has delivered a total of 87 gas turbines to the Middle East market including six units supplied to the UAE's Al Aweer power plant in Dubai in 1998. With the new order, the number of units supplied to the UAE will increase to eight.

Going forward, MHPS seeks to respond to Sharjah and the UAE's robust power demand by proposing environmentally-friendly advanced thermal power systems, thereby contributing to economic development.

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