German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and other high-ranking representatives witnessed the symbolic inauguration of the first phase of Siemens' megaproject in Egypt. The event marked an important milestone towards the completion of the project, which will boost the country's power generation capacity by 45 per cent when finished.
In June 2015, Siemens was awarded its single biggest order ever for the expansion of the Egyptian power supply after the country had embarked on a Fast-Track Electricity Plan aimed at increasing the generation of electric power. Now, only 18 months after the signing of the contract, Siemens has set a new worldwide benchmark for the execution of fast-track power projects.
Together with its local partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, Siemens broke all records in modern power plant construction by connecting the first 4.8 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity to the grid in a mere 18 months. After completion in May 2018, the three power stations will be the largest gas-fired, combined cycle power plants ever built and operated in the world. Altogether, the three power plants will have a combined capacity of 14.4 GW.
Earlier in the year, Emad Ghaly, CEO of Siemens Egypt, said: "This is a major achievement for our country and our people. I am proud that the Siemens team was selected to contribute to this success. The plants will supply enough electricity for 45 million people and enable Egypt to achieve USD1.3 billion in fuel savings on an annual basis. With these projects, we provide an essential contribution to stabilize both the energy supply and the economy in our country, which has an outstanding importance for the whole Middle East region and Africa."
Speaking at the same event, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, said: "The role of energy in economic development is undeniable. This is why we are committed to efficiently meeting Egypt's growing energy demand through balancing supply and demand, optimizing the country's natural resources like natural gas and renewable energy, as well as ensuring a competitive energy sector through technology and know-how transfer." He added: "Siemens power projects will definitely make an important contribution to our power strategy. With a focus on building local talent and capacity, the company is also training 600 Egyptian engineers and technicians, who will contribute to Egypt's future of energy. I believe these projects are a great example of how Egypt recognizes the importance of working with international long-term partners, like Siemens, to drive the country's sustainable economic growth."
The three power plants – Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital – will be powered by 24 Siemens H-Class gas turbines, selected for their high output and efficiency. The scope of supply also comprises twelve steam turbines, 36 generators, 24 heat recovery steam generators and three 500 kV gas-insulated switchgear systems.
After the steam turbines installation, the waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to produce steam that will then drive the steam turbine, thus increasing the overall power output and efficiency of the power plant.
In addition Siemens is tasked with setting up to twelve wind farms with up to 600 turbines to exploit the ideal wind power conditions in the Gulf of Suez and Nile Valley producing a potential 2GW of new green power.