Plant engineering firm JGC Corp. said Wednesday it has won a lump-sum contract from Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) to build cogeneration facilities at the state-run Saudi oil company’s Berri gas plant.

JGC’s first power generation project in the Middle East is due to be completed in April 2005, JGC said in a press release.

Under the contract signed May 27 at Saudi Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran, JGC will provide overall services for the cogeneration facilities, including design, equipment and materials procurement, and construction.

The project, which is part of Saudi Aramco’s effort to build power generation facilities to save electricity costs at its plants, calls for the installation of 300-mw cogeneration facilities consisting of a combustion gas-turbine power generation system and a heat-recovery steam generator.

The Berri gas plant is located near Jubail, an industrial hub in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

JGC said it has so far worked on seven Saudi Aramco projects, including the Haradh gas processing plant to be completed later this month.

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