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Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) has selected Siemens to operate and maintain the north African country’s largest combined-cycle power plants.

Through this agreement, the German-based energy company will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services (O&M) for the Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus power plants, for the next eight years.

“The new agreement aligns with our energy production goals to ensure sustainable growth and maximum reliability and efficiency of new and existing combined-cycle generating facilities,” said Eng Gaber El Desouki, chairman of the EEHC.

“Strategically, it makes sense for us to enlist a single trusted and credible service provider to help operate and manage our large-scale power assets,” Desouki added.

The agreement includes the implementation of the company's Omnivise digital service solutions.

Each of the three 4.8GW power plants is considered to be the largest gas-fired combined-cycle plant ever built and operated.

Together the plants represent nearly 40% of Egypt's power capacity, at the time of signing contracts, generating 14.4GW – enough to supply 40 million Egyptians with electricity.

Combined-cycle power plants

The multi-year agreement covers all on-site equipment including 24 gas turbines, twelve steam turbines, 36 generators, 24 heat recovery steam generators and three 500 kV gas-insulated switchgear systems.

"The new agreement reconfirms our focus to work with Egypt on developing the right mix of solutions to support the country's dynamic needs.

“It also underscores the tangible cost benefits that digital technologies can bring to the power industry," said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, senior executive vice president of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East and North Africa.

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