MAN Diesel & Turbo has recently received an EPC-contract to build a power plant for the Arabian Cement Company (ACC) in Saudi Arabia. The 40 MW plant will be equipped with two type 18V48/60 TS engines and will provide power to a cement factory in Rabigh, around 120 km north of Jeddah, at the red sea coast. The plant will be operated by heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel oil (DO). “This order marks another milestone in the development of our EPC business in Saudi Arabia and speaks to the trustful relationship we were able to build with the local cement and building industry”, says Ashraf Al Natsheh, Senior Sales Director Power Plants for Saudi Arabia.
The MAN 48/60 TS engine offers two-stage turbocharging, making it one of the most efficient engines on the market. The two-stage version delivers extra power, greater power density and increased turbocharging efficiency compared to the engine with a single turbocharger. Construction of the agreed first phase of the power plant is scheduled for 2016/17. “Ambient temperatures up to 50°C, ambient air full of dust and sand, and occasional heavy rainfall are the kinds of conditions we have to deal with here”, explains Ralf Göppel, Senior Project Manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo.