The US-based APR Energy has been awarded a contract worth about $30m to provide and install a temporary power plant in Egypt.

The US temporary power specialist will provide the gas powered installation for an industrial user, for a minimum period of 12 months. The plant will run on aeroderivative turbines provided by the US’ GE. The plant is scheduled to begin operation in the first quarter of 2016.

Egypt is currently implementing a fast-track power generation programme to boost capacity following a number of electricity blackouts since 2013.

In total, the $2.5bn fast-track programme will add 3.7GW to Egypt’s grid capacity by the end of the third quarter of 2015. The majority of the accelerated programme will be installed by the US’ GE, which will provide and install turbines to boost capacity by 2.7GW. GE and Ansaldo are also supplying and installing turbines under the programme.