Work has started on the new 750-MW combined cycle power plant at Deir Ali, to be powered by Egyptian gas feedstock from the Arab Gas pipeline under construction. The local Al-Shatta for Technical Engineering, a subsidiary of Germanys Siemens, has the civil works package on the new gas-fired plant. Construction will be split into three phases. The first phase is expected to take 22 months, phase 2 24 months and the phase 3 26 months.
A German joint venture of Siemens and Koch was awarded in September 2005 the $522 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The scope of works calls for the supply and installation of two 250-MW gas turbines and a 250-MW steam turbine. The client is the Public Establishment of Electricity for Generation & Transmission (PEEGT MEED 9:9:05).Under an agreement with Cairo, Damascus will be supplied with up to 4 million cubic metres a day of gas for the first three years after completion of the pipeline. First Egyptian gas is expected to come on stream by July 2007. Russias Stroytransgas has the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the pipeline (MEED 7:10:05).