Global technology company Siemens has received an order from Bayat Power to supply SGT-A45 mobile unit for the Bayat Power Phase 1 project in Afghanistan.
Equipped with an aero-derivative gas turbine, the SGT-A45 mobile unit has the capacity to generate up to 41MW, enough to power approximately 200,000 homes in the region.
The gas-fired power plant with the unit supplied by Siemens is expected to commence electricity production in the next few months.
Bayat Power Phase 1 project will be the first new gas-fired power plant project in Afghanistan since 1970.
The company noted that the SGT-A45 mobile unit is tested and pre-commissioned in the factory, and due to its trailer-mounted design, the construction work required on site is minimal.
Siemens senior vice-president Julian Erfurth said: “The Siemens SGT-A45 mobile unit is the most powerful and efficient mobile gas turbine in the market.
“Our unique offering, combined with Bayat Power’s extensive experience developing infrastructure in Afghanistan, will enable the first new gas-fired power plant in the country in over 40 years. Siemens is proud to work with Bayat Power to deliver this very important project.”
Afghanistan currently meets a significant part of its electricity needs through imports from overseas energy markets.
The Bayat Power Phase 1 project will allow the country to lessen its dependency on these markets, apart from utilising its local natural gas reserves.
Bayat Group chairman and CEO Dr Ehsan Bayat said: “Bayat Power Phase 1 is truly a ground-breaking project, achievable only with the innovative efficiency and capacity of the SGT-A45 mobile turbine and the collaborative vision of Siemens, Bayat Power, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”