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Alstom has announced that it has completed the handover of the Shoaiba III power plant to the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). The 1.2 GW steam power project, which was commenced in September 2008, has been finished 107 days ahead of schedule.
The plant is located about 100km south of Jeddah, and is part of the giant Shoaiba facility which now produces a total 5,600 MW of output to the Saudi grid, making it the largest power plant in the region. The Shoaiba III project has seen three individual 400 MW blocks constructed to augment the site's already impressive output. The plant has been built around Alstom's STF40 steam turbines and its GIGATOP 2-pole turbogenerators.
Speaking on the project's completion, senior vice president of Alstom's steam business, Andreas Lusch, said, "This success is the result of the strong execution capabilities of Alstom, the proactive coordination of all Alstom manufacturing sites, as well as third party suppliers around the world."
The Alstom-led consortium - supported by local contractor Saudi Archirodon – has completed the project on a turnkey basis, after designing, supplying, installing and commissioning all aspects of the plant. The site has been fitted with ALSPA control systems, which Alstom say will ensure the most efficient plant management, and will enable the plant to meet varying demand across the grid.