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Egypt inaugurates major gas-fired power plants

The first phases of Egypt’s New Capital and Burullus power plants, which are being built by Orascom, Siemens, and Elsewedy Electric, have been inaugurated

Through the power plants, Orascom and Siemens have already added 2,400MW to Egypt’s national grid. [Representational image]
Through the power plants, Orascom and Siemens have already added 2,400MW to Egypt’s national grid. [Representational image]

The first phases of Egypt’s New Capital and Burullus power plants have been officially inaugurated.

The projects, which are being built by a consortium comprising Siemens, Orascom, and Elsewedy Electric, will be the largest gas-fired combined cycle power plants (CCPPs) upon completion.

The consortium has already succeeded in connecting 2,400MW to Egypt’s national grid through the power plants, exceeding delivery targets by 20%.

Once complete, each power plant will generate a total of 4,800MW.

In Q3 2015, Orascom completed the 1,500MW simple cycle phases of power plants in Assiut and West Damietta.

The company, which took less than eight months to complete the works as part of Egypt’s emergency power programme, is currently converting both facilities from simple to combined cycle, increasing their capacity by 50%.

The inauguration of the New Capital and Burullus power plants was attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

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