The bidders for the Cairo West contract are: a team of Germany’s Fichtner and the US’ Parsons Engineering Corporation; and the local/US Power Generation Engineering & Services Company (PGESCo). A contract award is expected soon. The release of tender documents for the contract to supply and install two steam turbines and for the other packages is expected later in the year.

The project is due to be completed in 2010/11 and will be part-financed by Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development and the Kuwait Fund for Arab & Economic Development, which will provide $100 million each.

Bids are now due to be submitted by the end of May for the contract to supply and install two steam turbines for the 650-MW El-Tebbine steam power plant. The next step will be the issue of tender documents for the project’s boiler package in June, with other packages to follow within weeks. The plant, scheduled to come on stream in 2009/10, is being financed from an already approved $260 million World Bank loan.

Bids are also due by the end of May for the contract to supply and install two gas turbines on the 750-MW Nuberiya 3 combined cycle power plant. The US’ General Electric (GE) and Germany’s Siemens are expected to be among the companies to bid for the project, which will be financed by a $194 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan. Tender documents for the project’s single 250-MW steam turbine and for the heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), as well as for the civil works package, are due to be issued around mid-year. Project completion is due in 2009/10.

Bids submitted in April from Siemens and GE for the supply and installation of two gas turbines on the 750-MW Kureimat 3 power station are still under evaluation at EEHC. The project’s civil works package will be issued around the middle of the year. The African Development Bank will provide a $250 million loan for the project, which is due to be completed in 2008/09.