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 Egypts emergency electricity programme
Germanys Siemens has confirmed it has received an order to provide four turbines with a combined capacity of 650MW for Egypts Al-Ataqa power plant.
The project is part of Egypts 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 Italys Ansaldo Energia to supply turbines for Elsewedys 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.
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