Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) on Tuesday said it would supply two 350-MW steam turbines for installation at two large-scale coal-fired thermal plants in Morocco planned by Jorf Lasfar Energy Co., a power plant company owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA).

The turbines are slated to be delivered to a consortium formed by Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (Daewoo E&C) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. for the construction project. Mitsui and Daewoo said in a joint statement on Tuesday that they had entered into a $1.1 billion engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with Jorf Lasfar. The companies said they would also install the first flue gas desulfurization system in a Moroccan power plant.

The large-scale coal-fired power plants in which the steam turbines are to be installed will be built at the existing power station in the Jorf Lasfar district, near El Jadida, in the southwest of Casablanca. The two new power plants will be built as the No. 5 and No. 6 units to expand the station and adjoin existing power plants operated by Jorf Lasfar. In addition to supplying the turbines, MHI said it would provide technical advisors.

“Mitsui and Daewoo were able to successfully leverage the competitive advantages of a Japanese-Korean consortium in order to secure the award of the EPC contract, combining the supply of reliable, high quality core equipment from Japan, including steam turbines from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and boilers from IHI Corporation, with the efficiency of Korean engineering and construction works,” the companies said.

Commercial operation of Unit 5 is expected in December 2013, and Unit 6 in April 2014.

Sources: POWERnews, MHI, Mitsui, Daewoo