Monday, October 9, 2017

Siemens wins key Oman power project contract

Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, said it has won a contract to supply four shunt reactors to the Oman Electricity Transmission Company (SAOC) for installation at its 400kV substations in Izki and Ibri cities of the sultanate.

Shunt reactors are vital components of an efficient-long distance high-voltage power transmission system. They are used as protection from voltage surges on long transmission lines between power plants and consumption areas. 

The contract was awarded by leading Indian engineering and construction firm Larsen and Toubro (L&T) to help improve grid stability across the transmission lines between these cities. 

The scope of work for Siemens includes delivery of four 400kV, 100MVAr oil filled shunt reactors at the site besides providing the manufacturing, design, engineering, testing and training services, said a statement from the German group. 

Manufactured at Siemens transformer factory in Weiz, Austria, the reactors are scheduled for delivery in 2018, it stated.

Oman faces rising demand for electricity, driven by population growth and increased industrial activity led by the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector. 

The SAOC has an ambitious plan to strengthen the main electricity transmission lines across the sultanate to facilitate greater linkage between the country’s energy networks. 

Siemens said its shunt reactors, featuring high efficiency and low life-cycle costs, wll help increase the energy efficiency of power transmission by improving power quality and reducing transmission costs.  

Wolfgang Braun, the senior executive VP of Siemens Energy Management in the Middle East, said: "We are delighted to provide our latest grid technologies to help meet Oman’s growing energy needs by strengthening the sultanate’s transmission infrastructure and improving power availability."

"Siemens’ advanced shunt reactors technology will help even out voltage and load variations to deliver reliable, uninterrupted and stable supply of electricity to homes and offices and other facilities in Oman," stated Braun.

According to him, Siemens has been operating in Oman since 1972 and today, the company’s technology is responsible for generating over 50 per cent of the country’s electricity capacity. 

The company has also supplied a significant proportion of the country’s power transmission and distribution equipment to improve grid resiliency and responsiveness, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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