German technology company Siemens has entered into an agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) to operate and maintain three gas-fired combined-cycle power plants.

Under the agreement, Siemens will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services (O&M) for Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus power plants for the next eight years.

With a total capacity of 14.4GW, the three power plants together represent approximately 40% of Egypt’s power capacity and can supply electricity to 40 million people.

"We are committed to contributing to the development, diversification and efficiency of the Egyptian energy industry."

EEHC chairman Gaber El Desouki said: “The new agreement aligns with our energy production goals to ensure sustainable growth and maximum reliability and efficiency of new and existing combined-cycle generating facilities.

“Strategically, it makes sense for us to enlist a single trusted and credible service provider to help operate and manage our large-scale power assets.”

The agreement also includes the implementation of the company’s Omnivise digital service solutions, as well as all on-site equipment including 24 gas turbines, 12 steam turbines, 36 generators, 24 heat recovery steam generators and three 500kV gas-insulated switchgear systems.

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Siemens Egypt CEO Emad Ghaly said: “We are pleased to sign this landmark agreement with the EEHC to ensure that Egypt’s mega-sized power plants operate at the highest levels of reliability and availability for years to come.

“As key development partner to Egypt, we are committed to contributing to the development, diversification and efficiency of the Egyptian energy industry.

“We have already made a significant investment to develop the learning and training capabilities of Egyptian engineers and technicians who will be responsible for operating and maintaining the plants.”

Siemens has also agreed to implement its services portfolio in order to improve the asset visibility, reliability and availability of the three power plants.

Data collected from the plant operation will be analysed and transformed into actionable insights such as accurate diagnostics, troubleshooting and condition forecasting, improving plant reliability and reducing downtime.