Oman: Power Plant MAN to Deliver Gas-Engine Power Plant to Oman LNG
MAN Energy Solutions has been awarded a contract by Oman LNG to equip a new power plant with nine 51/60 gas engines.
Augsburg/Germany — The power plant will be located in Qalhat, southeast of Muscat on the Gulf of Oman, and will provide 120 MW of power to the existing LNG facility of Oman LNG. It will replace an existing gas-turbine plant.
The contract was signed by Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Energy Solutions, and Harib Al Kitani, Chief Executive Officer of Oman LNG, on June 4th in the presence of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamed Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil & Gas.
According to Wayne Jones, the new power plant needs to be capable of using a variety of differing gas compositions and methane numbers with limited gas conditioning or blending. To master this, the company has developed control strategies to ensure that the engines adapt to the prevailing gas configuration in real time for optimum performance.
As fuel, the new plant uses gases derived from the liquefaction process, which can contain high inert components in the fuel and, therefore, may have much lower calorific values. Thanks to their customized design, the engines will nevertheless be able to provide the required power, even at ambient temperatures of up to 48 °C.
Hajo Hoops, Senior Sales Manager at MAN Energy Solutions, said that this market segment had been completely dominated by gas turbines in the past, making this a pioneering installation. Compared to the existing plant, the new engines would significantly reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions of Oman LNG’s Power Plant, while the modular-design approach guaranteed top-of-the-line overall availability, Hoops added.
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