May 11 - The Siemens gas turbine factory in Berlin, Germany is getting ready to ship its 1,000th turbine manufactured at the plant to the Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant in Qatar.

The 300-tonne SGT5-4000F gas turbine, which has a capacity of 300 MW, will be transported from the factory to Berlin's Westhafen port, from where it will be delivered by barge to the Port of Rotterdam and loaded onto a heavy lift vessel for shipment to Qatar via the Suez Canal.

The milestone turbine is one of six SGT5-4000F turbines destined for the Umm Al Houl power plant. Siemens is also supplying ten SGen5-1200A generators and four SST-4000 steam turbines as additional components for this plant.

In addition to electricity, the integrated seawater desalination plant will produce up to 618 million litres of drinking water per day for the people of Qatar. Siemens has also signed a 25-year service agreement for the plant's maintenance and servicing. The power plant is scheduled to go into operation in mid-2018.

The Berlin turbine factory was founded in 1904. Initially producing steam turbines, the factory shipped its first gas turbine for power plants in 1972, which was delivered to Electricity Trust of South Australia.