€425-million, digitally controlled smelter power


France-based Alstom has won a€425-million (about $511 million, as of Dec. 21, 2005) turnkey contract from Sohar Aluminium Co. It will construct a digitally controlled, 1,000 MW, gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Sohar, Oman.

Contract scope covers engineering, supply, construction, and commissioning; as well as a 15-year service agreement—for the gas turbines, generators, and auxiliaries. Slated to commence in December 2005, the project is scheduled for a June 2008 completion.


The plant, supplying electricity to a new aluminum smelter, will comprise four, Alstom GT13E2 gas-turbines along with four, heat-recovery steam generators, two steam turbines, and six generators.

— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering

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