TAQA’s operation in Morocco consists of the Jorf Lasfar power plant, a coal-fired plant comprising two 330MW generation units and two 348MW generation units located on the Atlantic Coast. It is owned, operated and maintained by TAQA.
Jorf Lasfar is the single largest privatised business in Africa and is the first independent power producer in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is a major power supplier to the Moroccan market, satisfying more than 50% of the country’s base-load electricity demand. In 2009, TAQA and ONE (Office National de l’Electricité) signed an agreement to expand the Jorf Lasfar Power Plant in the presence of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Highness Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The 700 MW expansion will bring Jorf Lasfar’s Thermal Power Plant gross capacity to 2,056 MW.
The construction contract was signed on 24 December 2010, after an international request for proposal, with the Consortium Mitsui & Co (Japan) and Daewoo Engineering & Construction (Korea). The contract encompasses design, construction and supply of materials and equipment. Units 5 & 6 commissioning is expected in December 2013 and April 2014 respectively.
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TAQA holds a 25% interest in the Jubail power plant. This plant is a cogeneration facility that has a generation capacity of 250MW and steam production capacity of 510 tonnes per hour.
The Jubail Cogeneration Plant began operations in June 2005. All of its output is provided to the SADAF Petrochemical Plant to fuel its operations.
The Takoradi 2 Power Plant is located roughly 220 km west of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The existing T2 plant consists of two 110 MW simple cycle turbines at the Takoradi site which is adjacent to the Takoradi 1 site.
The T2 power plant currently represents 15% of Ghana’s installed power production capacity. The plant is owned by Takoradi International Company LLC (TICO), a joint venture between TAQA (90%) and VRA (10%), the main generator and supplier of electricity in Ghana. TAQA is the operator of the facility through its wholly owned subsidiary TAQA Generation International Operating Company LLC.
In 2012 TAQA received the requisite parliamentary approval for the 110 MW expansion of the T2 power plant. The expansion project will convert the existing plant to operate as a combined cycle power plant increasing its output from 220 MW to approximately 330 MW without requiring additional fuel, therefore adding 50% more capacity without increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
In 2011, TAQA invested US$50 million (19.9%) in WesternZagros, a Canadian-based oil & gas company with operations in Iraq. The company has two production sharing contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. WesternZagros aims to be one of the leading independent oil & gas companies operating in the country.
More recently, TAQA has announced a joint venture agreement with MGIC to jointly own and operate the 1,000 MW Sulaymaniyah Independent Power Project situated in the Kurdish region of Iraq. The gas-fired power plant has been operating since 2009 and has a capacity of 750 MW. An additional 250 MW is under construction, while the plant has further expansion potential to 1,500 MW in combined cycle mode.
Based at Neyveli in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu in southern India, the Neyveli plant is a 250 MW lignite-fired plant supplying its entire electricity generation to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board under a 30-year agreement.
TAQA is looking to expand the plant, doubling its capacity from 250 MW to 500 MW. Initial engineering development work and environmental permitting began in 2010, with the plant commissioning expected by 2015.
In 2010, TAQA acquired a 40% interest in Sohar Aluminium Power Plant (SAPP), including the 1,000 MW captive combined cycle power station. SAPP powers the company’s aluminium smelter operations, producing 350,000 tonnes each year.