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Marubeni, TAQA to develop power and water project for Aramco

  • Marubeni, TAQA to develop power and water project for Aramco

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Marubeni Corporation is a general trading company headquartered in Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan. It is the fifth-largest sogo shosha and has leading market shares in cereal and paper pulp trading as well as a strong electrical and industrial plants


Marubeni announces that, together with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (hereinafter, “TAQA”), Marubeni has signed a Water and Energy Conversion Agreement to develop a greenfield industrial steam, water and electric cogeneration plant and seawater desalination plant, as well as pipelines between the cogeneration plant and the desalination plant, and also the desalination plant and facilities of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (hereinafter, “Aramco”) on September 15, 2021.

The plants will be located in Tanajib, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, on land procured by Aramco, and this project will supply electricity, steam, and desalinated water to the new oil and gas facilities in the area owned by Aramco. Under the contract, Marubeni and TAQA will operate the plants for 20 years on a build, own, operate, and transfer basis.

Marubeni, TAQA, and Aramco have established a special-purpose company in Saudi Arabia and will develop the cogeneration plant and the seawater desalination plant with a net capacity of approximately 940MW of electricity generation, a steam output of approximately 1,084 tons per hour, and a desalinated water output of approximately 19,470 cubic meters per day. The cogeneration plant consisting of gas turbines, heat recovery steam generators, and steam turbines can efficiently generate electricity with the waste heat used to generate process steam and achieve high thermal efficiency, which contributes to carbon emissions reduction by reducing natural gas consumption.

This will mark Marubeni’s 4th power and water project in Saudi Arabia, adding to the existing Third Party Cogeneration Projects (900MW of power, 1,500ton/h of steam) (*1); the Shuqaiq 3 Independent Water Project (450,000m³/day of water)(*2); and the Rabigh Solar PV IPP Project (300MW of power)(*3).

Marubeni owns stakes in power projects across 19 countries (including Japan) for a total net capacity of about 12GW. Also, Marubeni will continue to deploy its expertise and experience in the power generation business, and at the same time contribute to the establishment of a sustainable society by providing reliable sources of power that are also environmentally friendly.

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