Abdullah Economic City, a unique urban development project which was started in 2005 and constitutes the largest building project in the history of Saudi Arabia. Located on the coast of the Red Sea between the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina, this new city is set to become the country’s second economic centre in future, with an anticipated population of up to 2 million. Apart from serving the internal supply of the kingdom, the new port will also act as a strategic hub on the major trade route between Asia and Europe.

According to Waldemar Wiesner, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Head of Sales for Power Plants in the MENA region, “King Abdullah Economic City is one of the most significant and impressive infrastructure projects of our time and we are proud to have contributed to the success of this visionary undertaking.”

High temperatures throughout the year and an arid desert climate place particularly high demands on the technology used here. “The MAN 32/40 engine is a perfect match for the climatic conditions in Saudi Arabia and has already provided outstanding services in many other power plants on the Arabian Peninsula. The engine has particularly proven itself in industrial applications due to its robustness, reliability and very long maintenance intervals,” explains Ashraf Al Natsheh, Senior Sales Director Power Plants in Saudi Arabia.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has a long-standing history of successful power plant projects in Saudi Arabia. The company’s commissions in recent years have included a 40 MW unit for the Arabian Cement Company (ACC), a 54 MW heavy-duty power plant for the United Cement Industrial Company (UCIC) as well as a similar unit with a capacity of 60 MW for the Yanbu Cement Company.

Left: MAN 32/40 engines in the powerhouse of the power plant 

Right: Berth of King Abdullah Port 

About MAN Diesel & Turbo 

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel and gas engines and turbomachinery. The company employs around 14,500 staff at more than 100 international sites, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, India and China. The company’s product portfolio includes two-stroke and four-stroke engines for marine and stationary applications, turbochargers and propellers as well as gas and steam turbines, compressors and chemical reactors. The range of services and supplies is rounded off by complete solutions like ship propulsion systems, engine-based power plants and turbomachinery trains for the oil & gas as well as the process industries. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand.