More time for Cairo North bidders

10 January 2003
The closing date for bids for the gas turbine package on phase two of the Cairo North combined cycle project has been extended by a month to 23 January. The consultant on the scheme, the local/US Power Generation Engineering & Services Company (PGESCo), is understood to be co-ordinating the bidding process to coincide with the tendering schedule for the Nuberiya power project, which is being developed in parallel with Cairo North 2. Technical evaluation of the Nuberiya bids is under way and financial offers are due to be opened the following day, on 24 January (MEED 15:11:02).

International companies lining up to bid for Cairo North 2 are understood to include the Japanese team of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)and Tomen Corporation, GE Power Systemsof the US and Germany's Siemens. The three groups submitted bids in late November to supply gas turbines for the Nuberiya plant (MEED 29:11:02).

The Cairo North and Nuberiya plants will both consist of two 750-MW modules, comprising two 250-MW gas turbine generators, a heat recovery steam generator and a 250-MW steam turbine. Egyptian Electricity Holding Companyhas secured financing for the first two modules at Cairo North and for the first module at Nuberiya. The company is now looking to secure financing for a third project, to build two additional 750-MW plants at Talkha and Kureimat, as part of an emergency power station construction programme (MEED 20:12:02).

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