The General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol) intend to go ahead with the plan to build a major power combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Benghazi, according to a source familiar with the scheme.

It is unclear whether the client is undertaking a competitive bidding process or direct negotiations for the planned greenfield CCGT power plant, which could have a generation capacity of up to 1.5GW.

It is understood that at least one major contractor based in Egypt intends to submit a proposal for the project.

Previously, there was a plan to develop an independent water and power plant (IWPP) project in Benghazi. The project, with an estimated budget of $1bn, was put on hold in 2011 due to the outbreak of civil unrest in the country.

MEED understands Belgium-based Tractebel Engineering conducted the feasibility for the Benghazi power plant IWPP while Germany’s Fichtner Consulting was the technical adviser.

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