ABB consortium wins US$ 458-million power and desalination plant order in Bahrain

Plant will produce 280 megawatts of power and 30 million gallons per day of desalinated water to meet rapidly increasing demand in Bahrain

Zurich, Switzerland, January 28, 1997 - A consortium led by ABB, the international electrical engineering company, has received a turnkey contract to build a gas-fired power and desalination plant at Hidd, which is located on Muharraq Island in the State of Bahrain, in the Arabian Gulf. The US$ 458-million order, of which the ABB part is valued at approximately US$ 290 million, was placed by the State of Bahrains Ministry of Electricity & Water. The consortium is led by ABB Power Generation, Switzerland, and includes ABB SAE Sadelmi, Italy, and also Fisia Italimpianti, Italy, who will be responsible for the desalination equipment. Construction work will commence immediately and full commercial operation of the plant is scheduled to start by late 1999.

The combined power and desalination plant will produce 280 megawatts of electricity and 30 million gallons per day of desalinated water. With this additional capacity, Bahrain will be able to cover its rapidly increasing power and water demand, using reliable, efficient and environmentally-friendly technology.

ABB will supply two type GT13E2 gas turbines, the associated heat recovery steam generators, the electrical generators, the overall power plant control system and all auxiliary systems, as well as the seawater intake facilities. ABB is also responsible for the engineering, civil works and overall project management, and also the complete installation and commissioning work. The power plant will incorporate ABB's advanced gas turbine technology with low-NOx burners, which achieve high fuel efficiency, low emissions and reduced operating costs. By using steam generated from the waste heat from the gas turbine exhaust to produce desalinated water, the total energy from the plant will be efficiently optimized.

ABB's Power Generation segment employs more than 46,000 people worldwide with orders in 1995 of over US$ 10 billion. The ABB Group employs approximately 217,000 people with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion.
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