Oman’s Power People
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Oman’s Power People
How Siemens technology and turnkey expertise delivered Oman’s most efficient thermal power plant.
In April 2013, Siemens delivered the turnkey Barka 3 power plant to meet Oman’s power demands, which grow at nearly 10 percent a year. The solution includes two F-class gas turbines, one steam turbine, three generators, and an instrumentation and control system. Through the plant-wide integration of mechanical, electrical, and chemical processes, Siemens realized a plant efficiency of 57.6 percent – the most efficient combined-cycle power plant in Oman.
Juma Saleh Issa Al-Maskari, power plant operator at Barka 3, is proud to work at the plant and knows about the significant benefits the combined-cycle solution has brought compared to the old diesel technology. A poet in his free time, he is inspired by the plant’s seaside location.
For Oman’s sustained economic development it is crucial that new plants are commissioned on time, before the hot season when electricity demand soars, highlights Talal Al-Mahrouqi, Project Manager on Barka 3 for the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company.
Shankar Krishnamoorthy, CEO and President of GDF SUEZ Energy South Asia, Middle East and Africa, explains how Oman’s bidding process encourages power developers to select technologies that maximize plant efficiency.
The Barka 3 CCPP is located close to the sea, just up the coast from Oman’s capital city, Muscat.
Juma Saleh Issa Al-Maskari, power plant operator at Barka 3, helps ensure the efficient working of the country’s most advanced combined-cycle power plant.
The seawater intake facility demonstrates the plant-wide use of Siemens technologies that support Barka 3’s environmental sustainability.
Siemens monitoring and control technologies mean the power plant can be run by as few as four engineers at any one time.
Siemens delivered the turnkey Barka 3 CCPP with high efficiencies, achieved through Siemens technologies and plant-wide integration.
Shankar Krishnamoorthy is CEO and President GDF SUEZ Energy South Asia, Middle East and Africa – leader of the consortium that owns Barka 3.
Talal Al-Mahrouqi, Project Manager on Barka 3 for the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, praises the on-time delivery of the plant before the summer peak.
Oman’s power demand is expected to grow by 10 percent a year through 2019.
The heat generated by the plant’s two Siemens F-class gas turbines is captured and used to create steam to run a Siemens steam turbine.
In the background, fishing boat shelters line the beach, just meters from the plant.
Oman’s picturesque coasts draw local Omanis and visitors from across the globe.