First Gas-fired Unit of West Karun Power Plant Synchronized to the Grid

The first gas-fired unit of West Karun Power Plant was synchronized to the national grid.

Located in Dasht-e Azadegan County in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, West Karun Power Plant is dedicated to power supply for four oil fields which are active in the region. With a nominal capacity of 520 MWs, the power plant consists of one combined cycle block of power that runs on MAP2A gas turbines (upgradeable to MAP2B turbines), a triple-pressure combined cycle with an efficiency of 51 percent (which can be enhanced to 53 percent) and a homegrown MAPCS control system.

For the first time, MAPNA Group has signed power purchase agreement (PPA) with an entity outside the Ministry of Power. Petroleum Engineering and Development Company has guaranteed to purchase the power generated by West Karun plant for a 20-year period and under a BOO (build-own-operate) scheme.

A 15-month deadline was set for synchronization of the first gas-fired unit, with two-month intervals for the next gas unit to be synchronized. The steam cycle would be synchronized to the grid in 30 months. Provisional handover would take place two months after synchronization of the plant to the grid, and final handover 12 months after the provisional delivery.

The power plant includes two gas turbines each with a capacity of 170 MWs, one180-MW steam turbine, one ACC cooling system, and a 230-kv power transmission line.

MAPNA West Karun Power Generation Company is the client of this project and Ghods Niroo Consulting Engineers Company serves as the consultant.

Also, the second steam cycle of Shirvan Combined Cycle Power Plant was synchronized to the national grid. With synchronization of this unit, MAPNA Combined Cycle Power Plants Construction & Development Company (MD-2) has now synchronized 96 units to the grid with an aggregate capacity of 14,743 MWs.

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