Egypt prepares for a major power drive

15 March 2015 (Last Updated March 15th, 2015 18:30)

Egypt has signed multiple contracts with power developers and equipment manufacturers to strengthen the country's energy infrastructure.

Egypt has signed multiple contracts with power developers and equipment manufacturers to strengthen the country’s energy infrastructure.

The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) has signed a non-binding framework deal with Masdar and ACWA Power to explore up to 4GW of power projects, which will be fuelled by natural gas and renewable power sources.

In separate deals with Siemens, the Egyptian Government has assigned the German company to deliver 2GW of wind power installations and set-up a combined-cycle power plant with a generation capacity of 4.4GW.

The company will co-ordinate with local partners for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works of Beni Suef power plant.

"The Egyptian Government has assigned the German company to deliver 2GW of wind power installations and set-up a combined-cycle power plant."

To be built as four modules in Upper Egypt, the facility will be equipped with two H-class gas turbines for each module, two heat recovery steam generators, one steam turbine and three generators.

Siemens will also build a manufacturing unit in the country, which will be used to develop rotor blades for wind turbines.

Under the terms of the agreements, the German manufacturer will also propose to establish combined cycle power plants having a surplus capacity of up to 6.6GW, along with ten substations to ensure a stable power supply.

Meanwhile, the country has signed another deal with US-based General Electric (GE) for the delivery of almost 2.7GW of power equipment.

According to the agreement, GE is expected to deliver 46 turbines for the country, which includes 34 aeroderivative gas turbines and 12 heavy-duty gas turbines. Constructions for the equipment are under process and the turbines are likely to be operational by May.

The initiatives are a part of the Egyptian Power Boost Program, which aims to increase the country’s energy generation capacity to 50GW by 2025.