Nuberiya turbines to go out to bid

06 September 2002

Tender documents for the gas turbines package on the 1,500-MW Nuberiya combined cycle power station project are scheduled to be released towards the end of September. Bidders will be invited to quote for the supply of the first pair of 250-MW turbines, with an option to supply two more for the second phase. The plant will also have two 250-MW steam turbines linked to the gas turbine cycle by heat recovery steam generators. The client is West Delta Electricity Production Company, an affiliate of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company.

The project is to be financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. An EIB loan for Eur 150 million ($150 million) for the project's first phase is set to be signed in mid September. A similar amount has been pledged for the second phase. The Gulf agencies have pledged $75 million each for the first phase, and are expected to back the second phase as well.

The scheme is being carried out in a similar fashion to the 750-MW Cairo North power station, which is now under construction. The US/local Power Generation Engineering & Services Company (PGESCo)is acting as engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor on both schemes.

The contract for the two 250-MW gas turbines for Cairo North was signed in March with a Japanese team of Mitsubishi Heavy Industriesand Tomen Corporation for $102 million (MEED 22:3:02).

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