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Egypt: GE upgrades Nubaria power plant

The upgrade of the Nubaria power plant included the installation of two GE heavy duty 9FA gas turbines, which will help boost the country’s power generating capacity and meet electricity demand, reports GE Hewar Blog.

It is reported that the revamp has improved the power plant’s output by 6.7%, meanwhile decreasing fuel consumption by 3%.

Nubaria power plant improves operational efficiency

The Nubaria power plant, owned by the Middle Delta Electricity Production Company (MDEPC), saw implementation of GE’s latest combustion solutions for the 9FA gas turbine including Advanced Gas Path (AGP), Advanced Extendors Combustion and Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6+.

Mohamed El Abd, MDEPC chairman said this upgrade will help enhance the operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption of the firm’s existing power plants.

“This upgrade will also help increase the output of the Nubaria power plant to be able to meet peak demand as we approach the summer.”

According to the blog, the renovation will also enhance the 9FA’s availability by 3.7%, allowing the unit to operate continuously for four years without a scheduled shutdown.

In addition, the life cycle of the newly installed parts is reported to have also doubled from 6 to 12 years.

Substations under construction

In Q2 of 2016, GE partnered with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company to provide advanced gas-insulated switchgear technology for four substations.

The substations are reported to help connect 7GW of power to the national grid, sufficient to meet the needs of more than 6.5 million homes across Egypt.

Through the terms of the deal, GE will supply a digital data protection system, network management system and telecommunication technologies that will help connect the substations to the National Energy Control Centre, improving the network’s stability.

The project is being executed in collaboration with Rowad Modern Engineering for the construction work of the substations.

The project is said to create about 50 permanent jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs for Egyptians during its execution.


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Babalwa Bungane
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