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Siemens powers Saudi Bio-Acids plant in Jeddah
• Siemens to supply a SGT-500 gas turbine to Saudi Bio-Acids Company • Siemens remains committed to driving domestic value creation in Saudi Arabia
The turbine is designed to consume HFO (heavy fuel oil) and has evaporative cooling and water injection capabilities that enhance peak power performance.
Saudi Bio-Acids Company is the regional market leader in citric acid. The company is targeting a production output of 80,000 metric tons within two years of commencing operations at the plant.
Citric acid is used in many industries that range from food and beverage to pharmaceuticals and personal care. Currently, most of the demand for citric acid across the Middle East is met with imports from overseas.
With this plant, Saudi Arabia will start producing this important component for the food industry directly in the Kingdom.
Arja Talakar, CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: "We are grateful and honored to be a part of this project. Saudi Bio-Acids Company will build the first citric acid plant in Saudi Arabia, which represents a milestone for economic diversification in the Kingdom, in line with Vision 2030."
Siemens, together with its long-term partner and shareholder E.A. Juffali and Brothers, are highly committed to industrial development and economic diversification in the Kingdom. In 2015, the Siemens Dammam Energy Hub (SDEH), the first manufacturing facility for gas turbine technology in the Kingdom, began its operations. The plant produced the first "Made in KSA" gas turbine last year and will soon complete the sixth turbine unit which is destined for Saudi Aramco's Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plant in Jazan. The turbines are built by Saudi talent, which is the result of Siemens' extensive training program with local partners that produced the first generation of local gas turbine experts. With well-trained local talent and strong local manufacturing and service capabilities, Siemens is well positioned to ensure the reliable supply of power to the plant and local value creation.