Addressing Saudia Arabia’s Complex Needs for Electricity and Potable Water

Esscano Power has become part of the construction of one of the world’s largest integrated water and power plants.

Electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia has increased sharply over the past decades, following the country’s rapid economic development. It is estimated that the present generation capacity – which is approximately 30 GW – needs to be doubled to cover the demand that’s expected ten years from now.

As such continued huge investments are needed to meet this demand. Given the natural conditions at the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia is confronted with an increased pressure on fresh water, challenges that are also growing in line with the economic development and associated urbanization. Desalination has proven to be the most effective way of solving the country’s water needs, and the country is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water.

It is in the efforts of addressing these challenges, that the Danish Company Esscano Power has become partner in the construction of one of the world’s largest integrated water and power plants. Owned by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the Shoaiba II is located some 120km south of Jeddah. "It is an incredibly important sector for the economic and social development in Saudi Arabia," says Esscano Power’s managing director Kim Bovien.

While being a smaller player at the international energy market, Esscano Power has been competing with major international companies, before finally entering into agreement with Daelim Engineering, from South Korea.

Mr Bovien continued: "With this contract we are pleased that Esscano Power now has the opportunity to further strengthening the company’s position as a preferred partner in our corner of the global energy market."

In the combined Cycle Power Plant (Power Plant / Desalination Plant) Esscano Power will deliver 10 Diverter Dampers, which will be servicing 10 SGT5-2000E gas-turbines (Siemens).

Electricity to industries, domestic consumption and oil refining

Shaybah is a major crude oil producing site in the easternmost part of Saudi Arabia. Esscano Power has reached agreement with Samsung from Korea, in delivering Diverter Dampers for Saudi Aramco’s Combined Cycle Power Plant. The plant will deliver electricity to the industries and residences in the area as well as steam for the refinery. The four Diverter Dampers from Esscano Power are supporting four ‘GE Frame 7 gas turbines’ from General Electric.

"Esscano Power is providing Diverter Dampers that "manages" the distribution of flue gasses in the production. This capacity is also used during service of the boiler, where Esscano Power’s Dampers can redirect the flue gasses to a bypass system, so that the turbine can continue running, while boiler and turbine are serviced," explains Esscano Powers director of sales Benny Jørgensen.

Energy supply for Indian households and industries

India has become one of the world’s fastest growing energy markets. This is felt throughout the country, for instance in the old university city of Pune. It’s one of the largest cities in the country, where the combination of the national rapid economic development and the presence of its many colleges and universities, has meant that Pune is emerging as a prominent location for expanding IT and manufacturing companies.

Esscano Power has for the past two years been developing partnerships in India, including through the Pune based Joint Venture: DEMECH- Esscano Power (India) PVT Ltd. While still a newcomer to the Indian market, DEMECH- Esscano Power (India) PVT Ltd has a steadily growing number of successes, e.g. through major contracts with Ansaldo, ME Engineering and FLSmidth India. Esscano Power’s Managing Director notes that

"Given the dramatic increase in energy demand, India will most certainly strive to diversify its energy strategy, and there will most certainly continue to be a growing need for energy management technologies. India is therefore an increasingly important market for us, as the constant development of our international partnerships and engagements, continues to be at the core of our business."

Esscano Power are also in the process of delivering Dampers through Swedish HIAK for a subcontract to a major cooperation between Siemens and GAIL (India) Limited, India’s largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company.

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