Alstom and Arabian Bemco to set up a joint venture to manufacture power generation equipment for the Middle East
Alstom and Arabian Bemco Contracting Co. Ltd today signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) company, Alstom Arabia Power Factory Ltd, which will establish a world-class manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia for power generation components, primarily Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) which is used in combined cycle and cogeneration applications to increase thermal cycle efficiency and minimize fuel consumption. In the second phase, the JV will expand the scope of the factory to other power generation equipment.
The initial investment will be worth over 200 million Saudi Riyals. This operation reflects Alstoms on-going commitment to localisation within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and offers strong market opportunities across the Middle East. The factory, to be located in King Abdullah Economic City, North of Jeddah will train and employ a large number of Saudi nationals.
With more than 750 installed HRSGs globally Alstom is a world leader in the engineering and supply of HRSGs for all gas turbine types, whilst Arabian Bemco is an experienced turnkey contractor and local manufacturer within Saudi Arabia. The two companies have already successfully worked together, including on the Riyadh PP12 steam-tail project bid, which was secured last year.
The Joint Venture will be a limited liability company incorporated under the laws of KSA with a registered office in Jeddah. Both Alstom and Arabian Bemco will take a 50% stake. Following technology transfer, the JV will be the exclusive licensee of Alstom HRSG technology in Saudi Arabia. It will afford Alstom and Bemco a strong local base across the Middle Eastern region, which represents around 25% of the global market. In addition to Saudi market, this facility will also cover key territories such as Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.
Demand for gas-fired power plants is on the rise in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia is also moving towards gas-fired power generation. The joint company would be well equipped to cater to this demand by combining product expertise and technology excellence from Alstom and local presence and logistics offered by Arabian Bemco. “Having successfully executed some of SECs most prestigious power projects in Saudi Arabia including the worlds largest combined cycle power plant, Arabian Bemco is one of the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors in the region. We are rapidly expanding presence in the Middle East and the JV will equip both partners to serve an increasingly important power generation market with technologically advanced and highly efficient equipment,” said Henry M.Sarkissian, Chief Executive Officer, Arabian Bemco.
Philippe Cochet, President of Alstom Thermal Power underlined that “The creation of this joint company is another step towards increasing Alstoms localisation in Saudi Arabia. Working with reputable local partners such as Arabian Bemco is key to our growth strategy in the Middle East. This announcement follows other initiatives that Alstom has undertaken recently such as launching a services workshop and a training programme with SEC to further create employment and develop young talent in this country.”
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13.
Arabian Bemco Contracting Co. Ltd. (BEMCO) is one of the top leading Power & Industrial EPC Turnkey Contractor in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia with over 24,000 MW installed power generation capacity in power plants. With in-house engineering capability Bemcos competence enables it to design, procure, construct, fabricate, erect, commission, operate and maintain power plants with different technologies that are in line with the growing demand of the Kingdom. BEMCO has undertaken some of the largest and most challenging turnkey projects in Saudi Arabia and the Region, where Bemco has successfully completed Power Plant #9 (PP9), the worlds largest Grass Root Power Plant with 60 Turbines as well as the worlds largest Combined Cycle Power Plant , PP10 with 40 Gas Turbines + 10 Steam Turbines & 40 HRSGs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on EPC basis. Other capabilities include construction of Water Treatment Plants, Fuel Storage Facilities, Fire Fighting Systems, Compressed Air Systems, Cooling Water Systems (CCWS & OCWS), Auxiliary Steam Boiler Systems, Turbine Inlet Air Cooling Systems, Crude Oil Pipelines, and large refrigeration & district cooling plants and civil works. Bemco is continuously expanding its existing industrial base to satisfy the local demand.
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