Siemens Energy & EGA Review Power Project Progress
a highly-efficient power generation facility under construction at EGA’s Jebel Ali site and discuss potential future cooperation.
Siemens Energy is leading the construction of the AED 1 billion state-of-the-art power block at Jebel Ali, which will be the first in the global aluminium industry to use a Siemens Energy H-class gas turbine, a leading technology in efficient power generation. The new power block will have a generation capacity of over 600 megawatts of electricity. At the new power block, the giant H-class turbine itself was moved into place in a four-day logistical feat in February after arriving in the UAE by sea from Germany. Whilst construction continues, the team has begun energising and testing electrical, control, and auxiliary systems as part of early preparations for operations. The first firing of the H-class turbine is expected in December. Full completion of the project is expected next summer. Once completed, the new power block will replace five older, smaller, and less efficient turbines, which will be placed on standby for use only in emergencies.
The new power block is expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions from EGA's power-generation and aluminium-smelting operations at Jebel Ali by some 10 percent, while NOx emissions are expected to decrease by as much as 58 percent. NOx, which is also emitted by motor vehicles, is amongst a group of emissions targeted for reductions under ‘UAE Vision 2021’ to improve local air quality.
EGA generates electricity for use in its aluminium smelting and other industrial operations. EGA’s total electricity generation capacity is similar to that of New Zealand.
The new power block at EGA is being developed by JA Power & Water Co, a joint venture formed by Mubadala and Dubal Holding. EGA intends to buy power from the joint venture for 25 years following commissioning.