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Egypt: 4.8GW added to national grid

Siemens megaproject in Egypt. Source: Siemens
Siemens megaproject in Egypt. Source: Siemens

In North Africa, the Egyptian national grid has increased its capacity by 4.8GW of gas-generated power.

With an 18-month turnaround time from the date of signing, Siemens has completed the first phase of a megaproject in the country ahead of schedule.

According to the German firm, they will be providing 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 14.4 GW.

According to Siemens, the surplus 400MW is enough to power over one million people in the country, Energy Business Review reported.

National grid expansion

Media added that the company is collaborating with Egyptian firms Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction for the turnkey supply of the power plants which will have a combined capacity of 14.4GW.

Siemens Egypt CEO Emad Ghaly said: “The plants will supply enough electricity for 45 million people and enable Egypt to achieve $1.3 billion in fuel savings on an annual basis.

“With these projects, we provide an essential contribution to stabilise both the energy supply and the economy in our country, which has an outstanding importance for the whole Middle East region and Africa.”

“The three power plants Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital are slated to be completed in May 2018. The plants, each with a capacity of 4.8GW, will be powered with 24 Siemens H-Class gas turbines, which are known for their high output and efficiency,” Energy Business Review reported.

Media added that the firm will also supply twelve steam turbines, 24 heat recovery steam generators, 36 generators and three gas-insulated switchgear systems, each of 500 kV.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.