CEPC selects MHPS to upgrade module 1 at Cairo North GTCC power plant

Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) subsidiary Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC) has contracted Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) to upgrade the module l unit at its Cairo North combined-cycle power station.

The deal will see MHPS provide upgraded parts for the existing M701F gas turbines, which were originally provided for the plant by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

Additionally, the company will supply new parts for the spare rotors and an upgraded control system, as well as parts for the steam turbine and generators.

MHPS has also agreed to send technical advisors to support the installation and commissioning phase of the new equipment as part of the arrangement.

Mitsubishi Electric (MELCO) is set to produce the new parts for the gas turbines’ generators, while Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) will provide funding for the project via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

"The Cairo North plant is a natural gas-fired, gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) facility and currently features two M701F gas turbines as core components."

Delivery of the new equipment and commencement of operations is expected by the second half of next year.

The Cairo North facility currently has an overall capability to produce 750MW of power, and the plant’s output and energy generation capability are expected to increase following the upgrade.

It will also reduce downtime losses by extending the intervals between inspections and ensure a more stable supply of energy.

The Cairo North plant is a natural gas-fired, gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) facility and currently features two M701F gas turbines as core components, as well as steam turbines provided by Hitachi.

Egypt’s peak electricity demand increased at a rate of 6.0% between 2004 and 2014, surpassing the country’s average annual economy growth rate of 4.4% during the same period.

Increase in demand has led the country to increase the capacity of its power generation facilities, as well as improve the efficiency and reliability of its power generation, transmission and distribution facilities.