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Black & Veatch appointed as Owner?s Engineer for conversion project

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has named Black & Veatch as the Owner?s Engineer for the Qassim II and III Conversion in Burdayah, Al Qassim

Owner?s Engineer refers to a representative of a commissioning company for a construction or engineering project, who generally ensures technical contractors adhere to project specifications.

The Qassim power plant serves the people of Buraydah, the capital of the Al-Qassim Region in northcentral Saudi Arabia. The power plant is being expanded to meet the increasing demand for power in the region through conversion from a simple cycle operation to combined cycle operation.

Black & Veatch managing director Mazen Alami said, ?We are helping SEC enhance Qassim to meet the local community?s increasing need for power. Black & Veatch is a recognised leader in the best practices and technology that shape power generation. In addition to helping the utility meet its goal of more efficient power generation infrastructure, our role will help develop local skills through knowledge transfer to SEC?s engineers.?

According to project officials, the power plant will convert 12 oil-fired simple cycle combustion turbines to combined cycle operation, expected to increase generation capacity by approximately 360MW.

The conversion project was tendered on an engineer, procure, construct (EPC) basis. Black & Veatch will closely work with the SEC to provide EPC guidance and also provide theoretical as well as practical training to the SEC engineers.