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Siemens receives order for 1.3GW combined-cycle power plant in Pakistan

EBR Staff Writer Published 03 October 2017

German technology giant Siemens has bagged an order valued at about €200m to supply a complete power island for a new 1.3GW combined-cycle power plant in the Pakistani province of Punjab.

The contract was awarded by the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-operated plant in Jhang, located 250km southwest of Lahore.

CMEC is the EPC contractor of the power plant dubbed as Punjab Power Plant Jhang. The plant is being built for Punjab Thermal Power, an independent energy provider owned by the Punjab government.

The fast track power generation project is expected to boost capacity in the province.

Siemens power and gas division CEO Willi Meixner said: “With this project we can help to significantly improve the sustainable, reliable and affordable supply of power to the people in Punjab Province and the whole country.”

Meixner added that the contract marks the largest power plant order the company has ever received from Pakistan.

According to Siemens, the power island features a couple of SGT5-8000H gas turbines, an SST-5000 steam turbine, two heat recovery steam generators along with control and auxiliary systems.

The SGT5-8000H gas turbine is claimed to be the first air-cooled H-class gas turbine on the market. In the simple cycle mode, it has a power output of 450MW, which can go up to 650MW in the combined cycle mode.

The scope of the contract also calls for Siemens to take up engineering and project management and the related on-site services.

Initially, the power plant will feed electricity in simple-cycle operation in December 2018. Later, it will run on a combined cycle operation in November 2019.