Siemens confirms Egypt turbine order

10 March 2015

German firm will provide turbines for power plant upgrade

  • Siemens will provide four turbines with a combined capacity of 650MW
  • Turbines will be used to upgrade Al-Ataqa power plant in Suez
  • Project is part of Egypt’s emergency electricity programme

Germany’s Siemens has confirmed it has received an order to provide four turbines with a combined capacity of 650MW for Egypt’s Al-Ataqa power plant.

MEED reported in January that Siemens was going to provide the turbines for the Al-Ataqa power plant in Suez, and that the local Elsewedy would install them.

The project is part of Egypt’s fast-track electricity plan to install emergency capacity to cope with a shortfall of supply during peak periods.

Elsewedy has also signed a deal with Italy’s Ansaldo Energia to supply turbines for Elsewedy’s contract to install 330MW at the Mahmoudia power plant.

Egypt faced frequent power cuts in 2014, and the government has committed to massive investments to increase capacity.

Although Egypt has a nameplate capacity of more than 30GW, ageing infrastructure and gas shortages meant that, in 2013, the country could not meet peak demand of 27GW. Peak demand is growing at more than 5 per cent a year, which means Egypt needs to increase capacity by at least 1,500MW a year.

Large nuclearconventional and renewables projects are in the pipeline, but will take some time before they are completed.

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