US-based GE has won a turnkey contract for a simple-cycle power plant in Tunisia.

GE will provide Tunisian Electricity & Gas Company, which operates the 250MW Bouchemma power plant, with two 9E.03 gas turbines and electrical balance of plant (eBOP) equipment, the equivalent power needed to supply more than 1.2 million Tunisian homes.

Delivery is expected to take about seven months, in time for the 2016 summer tourist season.

GE has initiated civil work at the site in Tunisia and has mobilised a team, said Guy Deleonardo, general manager of utility-scale products for gas power systems at GE Power, at the deals signing ceremony.

The US firm has 15 turbines at seven plants in Tunisia, with a total installed capacity of more than 1.8GW of electricity.

Power consumption at the plant grows by about 8 per cent every year.