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SIEMENS TO BUILD TURNKEY COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT IN GERMANY Siemens has signed an agreement with STEAG GuD Herne on the turnkey construction of Herne 6 600MW combined cycle power plant with district heat extraction. Steam will also be extracted and the thermal energy will be used for the district heating grid of Germany’s Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. This will be the first single power plant unit to provide 400MW of (thermal) district heat with combined cycle operation. The overall fuel efficiency of the natural gas used will be more than 85%, making Herne 6 one of the most efficient and most environmentally friendly plants in the world. Investment in Herne 6 is expected to be in the mid-triple-digit euro range. Siemens, as general contractor, will build the power plant on the site of an existing plant owned by STEAG in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Herne. Critical components for the plant will be manufactured in Germany – the steam turbine and generator in Mülheim and the

H-class gas turbine at the factory in Berlin. The new gas-fired CHP plant will begin operations in 2022 and is expected to generate electricity for the Rhine-Ruhr region with district heat at the same time. Siemens and STEAG have also entered into a long-term service agreement. Siemens power and gas division CEO Willi Meixner said: “We’re very pleased that we were able to land this project in a difficult market environment. This success also shows that our strategy of developing projects in close collaboration with our customers is working. “Environmentally friendly, gas-fired CHP plants such as Herne 6 can play an important role in further implementing the transition to a new energy mix in Germany.Therefore for further projects already being planned it is enormously important to provide the legal security needed.” STEAG management board chairman Joachim Rumstadt said: “We are convinced that Siemens is the right partner for this important and pioneering project. As we

know from our successful collaboration in earlier projects, Siemens has excellent

expertise in the area of power plant construction.”

SKANSKA, AECOM HUNT JV SELECTED FOR SEATTLE CENTRE ARENA REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT Skanska-Hunt, a joint venture between Skanska and Aecom Hunt, has been selected by OVG-Seattle and NHL Seattle as general contractor for the redevelopment of the Seattle Center Arena, US. Construction on the largest private investment in the history of Pacific Northwest sports and entertainment will commence in 2018. Other partners of the project include CAA Icon (developer representative and project manager), Populous (architect) and Labor Partners. The project team is working with the City of Seattle to complete the permitting and approval processes. Previously, Skanska had built several sports and entertainment venues, including MetLife Stadium, University of Portland Beauchamp Recreation Center and University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium expansion/renovation. Aecom Hunt has built more than 150 sports facilities and its recent projects


include Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena in Atlanta; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Skanska executive vice president – general manager Kevin McCain said: “The Skanska-Hunt team is incredibly excited to join the team for this iconic project. “We believe that this is more than just a redevelopment of Seattle Center Arena and will become a world-class urban arena that will serve the Seattle area and its diverse communities. “We take great pride in the opportunity and look forward to partnering with this team to produce a one of a kind facility for generations to come.” The redeveloped Seattle Center Arena will be built using modern engineering techniques to deliver a building that will be suitable for hockey, basketball, concerts and other entertainment events. The new arena will feature an interior of up to 750,000ft², almost double its current size, and will also meet LEED

standards and preserve the current historic and iconic roofline. Aecom Hunt senior vice president Tim Smith said: “Seattle Center Arena is an important landmark and we’re thrilled to partner with Skanska to bring this renowned facility into the twenty-first century. “Together, we’ll provide unparalleled

sports building expertise, deep local connections, and the latest in construction technology to deliver Oak View Group’s inspiring vision, revitalizing the area and creating a premier destination.” The new Seattle Center Arena will hold more than 140 events every year, with a goal of becoming one of the top 10 music venues in the country.

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Emirates Projects Magazine Issue 101  

Emirates Projects Magazine Issue 101