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Siemens overdelivers on Egypt’s power project

The three power plants – Beni Suef, Burullus, and New Capital – will be powered by 24 Siemens H-Class gas turbines, selected for their high output and efficiency

The three power plants – Beni Suef, Burullus, and New Capital – will be powered by 24 Siemens H-Class gas turbines.
The three power plants – Beni Suef, Burullus, and New Capital – will be powered by 24 Siemens H-Class gas turbines.

After winning its single biggest order in June 2015 for the expansion of the Egyptian power supply, Siemens has set a new worldwide benchmark for the execution of fast-track power projects.

Together with its local partners Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, the company has made great progress in its effort to boost Egypt's power generation capacity by 45%, upon final completion of the three power plants.

Phase 1 of the megaproject in Egypt has been finalised. The promised goal of bringing 4.4 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity to the grid has even been exceeded, and 4.8GW are already connected to the grid.

The surplus capacity of 400 megawatts (MW) is sufficient to supply more than one million people in Egypt with electricity.

Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, said: "We made a promise to Egypt and we kept our word. And by doing so, we not only overachieved in performance, we also broke all records in modern turnkey power plant construction.”

Dr Mohamed Shaker, the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, said: "The role of energy in economic development is undeniable. Siemens power projects will definitely make an important contribution to our power strategy. With a focus on building local talent and capacity, the company is also training 600 Egyptian engineers and technicians, who will contribute to Egypt's future of energy."

After completion in May 2018, the three power stations will be the largest gas-fired, combined cycle power plants ever built and operated in the world.

Along with local Egyptian partners Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction, Siemens is supplying on a turnkey basis three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants, each with a capacity of 4.8GW, for a total combined capacity of 14.4GW.

The three power plants – Beni Suef, Burullus, and New Capital – will be powered by 24 Siemens H-Class gas turbines, selected for their high output and efficiency.

The scope of supply also comprises twelve steam turbines, 36 generators, 24 heat recovery steam generators and three 500 kV gas-insulated switchgear systems.

The dimensions of the megaproject are enormous: More than 20,000 workers are engaged at the construction sites during implementation. More than 1.6 million tonnes of material are being handled. 

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