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Global technology company Siemens has received an order from Bayat Power to supply SGT-A45 mobile unit for the Bayat Power Phase 1 project in Afghanistan.

Equipped with an aero-derivative gas turbine, the SGT-A45 mobile unit has the capacity to generate up to 41MW, enough to power approximately 200,000 homes in the region.

The gas-fired power plant with the unit supplied by Siemens is expected to commence electricity production in the next few months.

Bayat Power Phase 1 project will be the first new gas-fired power plant project in Afghanistan since 1970.

The company noted that the SGT-A45 mobile unit is tested and pre-commissioned in the factory, and due to its trailer-mounted design, the construction work required on site is minimal.

“Bayat Power Phase 1 project will be the first new gas-fired power plant project in Afghanistan since 1970.”

Siemens senior vice-president Julian Erfurth said: “The Siemens SGT-A45 mobile unit is the most powerful and efficient mobile gas turbine in the market.

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“Our unique offering, combined with Bayat Power’s extensive experience developing infrastructure in Afghanistan, will enable the first new gas-fired power plant in the country in over 40 years. Siemens is proud to work with Bayat Power to deliver this very important project.”

Afghanistan currently meets a significant part of its electricity needs through imports from overseas energy markets.

The Bayat Power Phase 1 project will allow the country to lessen its dependency on these markets, apart from utilising its local natural gas reserves.

Bayat Group chairman and CEO Dr Ehsan Bayat said: “Bayat Power Phase 1 is truly a ground-breaking project, achievable only with the innovative efficiency and capacity of the SGT-A45 mobile turbine and the collaborative vision of Siemens, Bayat Power, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”