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Alstom awarded long term maintenance contract for Al Hidd power plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain


Alstom has signed a long-term maintenance contract with Hidd Power Company (HPC) for their 992 MW power and water desalination plant situated in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Spanning over a period of fifteen years, the contract scope includes the supply of spare parts, a resident engineer as well as supervision services for the planned and unplanned maintenance of the gas turbines and their direct auxiliaries.

The EPC contract for a 720 MW KA13E2 combined-cycle power plant was awarded to Alstom in 2001 and has been in commercial operation since 2002. This was the second phase of the project and followed the Al Hidd I 272 MW simple cycle desalination plant.
Also provided as part of this maintenance contract is an upgrade of the existing 5 gas turbines to the MXL technology. This technology upgrade extends the inspection intervals for the GT13E2 Gas Turbines, thereby providing the customer with lower lifecycle costs and better availability.

The Al Hidd project addresses the rapidly growing power and water demand in Bahrain. Initiated by the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW), the project was later sold to an international consortium of International Power (UK), Suez Energy International (Belgium) and Sumitomo Corporation (Japan). The consortium set up the Hidd Power Company to acquire and operate the plant under a 20-year power and water purchase agreement.

Expressing satisfaction at the choice of Alstom, David Hadfield, Executive Managing Director, HPC said, "We are pleased to be partnering with Alstom. We are continuously striving for innovations that will optimise plant performance. The MXL technology from Alstom, for example gives us the reliability of a secured supply chain and the benefits from extended inspection intervals. This coupled with their O&M fleet experience and technical know how made Alstom the perfect choice as our service partners. We look forward to a long term association with them." 

In the Middle East, expansion of the power sector is advancing at an unprecedented rate. Electricity demand is at a peak, spurred by a buoyant economy and rapid population growth. Chronically low power reserve margins make securing reliable energy production a key priority for the region. Alstom already has an established presence in the Middle East and looks forward to further consolidating it by supporting the fast growing market with its equipments and services for power generation.

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