Siemens has shipped two gas turbines, which are scheduled to be installed in the Egypt’s Beni Suef power plant in mid-May.

The two 12.6m long and 5.5m wide SGT5-8000H turbines are first of eight to be installed in the plant in several phases.

In March last year, Siemens reached agreements with the Egyptian government to build 4.4GW Beni Suef power plant in Southern Egypt and install wind power capacity of 2GW.

Under the agreed terms, Siemens is responsible for providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the Beni Suef combined-cycle power plant.

The power plant will be built in four modules, each of which will have two H-class gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, one steam turbine, and three generators.

Siemens power and gas division CEO Willi Meixner said: "We expect the plant in Beni Suef to feed electricity into the Egyptian power grid as early as the winter of 2016 / 2017.

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"Siemens is helping its Egyptian partner to build a powerful, reliable power supply system with proven power plant technology."

Upon completion, the Beni Suef plant will be the world’s largest combined cycle plant, supplying electricity to nearly 21.6 million people.

"Siemens is helping its Egyptian partner to build a powerful, reliable power supply system with proven power plant technology."

Siemens is building three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants including Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital with H-class technology and a total capacity of 14.4GW in the country.

The power plants are expected to boost Egypt’s power generation by 50%.

In a separate development, Siemens and E.ON entered into a sales collaboration to work in the field of intelligent metering.

Through the partnership, E.ON network operators will employ Siemens’ application platform EnergyIP to optimally integrate their smart meter infrastructure in IT systems, to use the supplied metering data for network operation and make that data available for use in billing and for visualisation.

Image: The first gas turbines on their way to Egypt. Photo: © Siemens AG.