Siemens and its consortium partners Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, have completed the country’s energy project, Megaproject, in only 27.5 months.
Egypt’s Megaproject includes the development of three 4.8GW natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plants (CCPPs) and 12 wind farms under a partnership with Siemens.
The completion was marked with the commissioning of the combined cycle and beginning of operations at Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital power plants.
The new power plants will add 14.4GW power to Egypt’s national grid and is said to be enough to meet energy requirements of nearly 40 million people in the region, as well as help the country save more than $1bn annually on fuel costs.
Siemens president and CEO Joe Kaeser said: “The record-breaking completion of our Megaproject in Egypt will not only transform the power landscape in Egypt but will also serve as a blueprint for building up power infrastructure in the Middle East and all over the world.
“This Megaproject is also setting the benchmark for trustful and reliable cooperation with our customer and our partners. The leadership of President al Sisi and his team in this project has been remarkable.
“We look forward to applying this unique performance model also to other countries in their efforts towards reliable, affordable and sustainable power systems.”
Each power plant has been equipped with eight SGT5-8000 H-class gas turbines, four steam turbines, 12 generators, eight Siemens heat recovery steam generators, 12 transformers and a 500kV gas-insulated switchgear.
In addition, twelve combined cycle power plant blocks, each having 1.2GW capacity, were built by Siemens and connected them to the grid.
In order to improve the flexibility of Egypt’s power grid, Siemens energised six substations to transmit electricity generated by the new power plants.
Additionally, the company has trained 600 Egyptian engineers and technicians, who will be responsible for operating and maintaining the plants.