MAN Diesel & Turbo Builds Power Plant in Saudi Arabia


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MAN engines generate electricity for new cement works

MAN Diesel Turbo has received an order from the United Cement Industrial Company to build a power plant in Saudi Arabia. Five MAN 20V32/44CR engines will provide electricity for a new cement works 160 kilometers to the south of Jeddah, near the Red Sea. With a total output from the plant of 54.5 MW, the works will be able to produce around 5,000 tons of cement a day.

MAN Diesel Turbo is building the power plant under an EPC agreement (Engineering – Procurement – Construction) and will therefore take care not only for delivering the engines themselves, but also for the erection of all essential ancillary equipment – from the machine control room and the cooling system to the processing and disposal system. A consortium partner is responsible for local deliveries and services. The order is worth tens of millions Euros to MAN.

“Saudi Arabia is a key market for our power plants division, and one in which we have decades of experience,” says Dr. René Umlauft, CEO of MAN Diesel Turbo. “We believe there is tremendous potential in the domain of local power plant solutions for independent energy generation in particular, for example for cement or steel works. The United Cement Industrial Company is a new client for us and one we have convinced with our technical concept.”

Saudi Arabia’s demand for cement is set to rise in the medium term, since the country’s development plans envisage a variety of construction and infrastructure projects. The new cement works operated by the United Cement Industrial Company is being built in a very hot, sandy region in which temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in the summer. The reliability of MAN engines during operation in such extreme conditions was one of the key criteria behind the purchase. The power plant’s system design has also been optimized to accommodate the climatic conditions.

The engines feature MAN Diesel Turbo’s proven modern common rail technology. This electronically controlled injection system yields excellent results in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Construction of the plant is set to begin in the autumn of 2013, with delivery of the engines taking place in mid-2014.