CMI, Skoda win Kureimat

10 March 2006
A consortium of Belgium's CMI and the Czech Republic's Skoda has been awarded the estimated Eur 55 million ($66 million) heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) package on the 750-MW Kureimat II combined cycle power plant, 90 kilometres south of Cairo. It is the second contract award for the Belgian/Czech team within a year (MEED 20:1:06; 26:8:05).

Under its estimated Eur 30 million ($36 million) portion, CMI will supply and install two triple-pressure HRSGs with reheat and vertical gas path technology. Skoda's Eur 25 million ($30 million) portion covers the supply and installation of all other equipment. Three other companies - France's Alstom Power, Italy's Ansaldo Energia and NEM of the Netherlands - last year submitted bids for the contract.

The client is Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC). Its subsidiary Upper Egypt Electricity Company (UEEC) will operate Kureimat II, for which bids for the contract to supply and install two 250-MW gas turbines are due by an extended closing date of 28 March.

The US' General Electric (GE), Germany's Siemens and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are expected to bid for the contract. A single 250-MW steam turbine will be tendered separately. Project completion is due in 2008/09. The African Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan worth $180 million for the project, with the remainder to be provided by UEEC.

The consultant on the project is the local/US Power Generation Engineering & Services Company (PGESCo).

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