By : Sara Ghali
CAIRO: Siemens announced Monday that it has completed supplying Attaka power plant with four E-Class turbines, in collaboration with its local partner Elsewedy Power System Projects (PSP.)
The first turbine, constructed in five months, is connected to Egypt’s national electricity grid; it is the first turbine of its kind to be finalized in such a short time the company’s history, according to Siemens.
East Delta Electricity Production Company (EDEPC) operates Ataka’s 640-megawatt power plant. It is expected to be a significant asset in promoting the country’s electricity grid.
The power plant is located in Suez governorate, and is within the fast-track electricity plan of Egypt, aimed to meet the country’s need of power.
Ataka power plant will rely on the E-Class Siemens turbines, which are highly flexible in terms of fuel consumption and reliability, according to the company’s statement.
Further, the turbines are designed to facilitate the maintenance process, and are suitable for all load ranges, particularly peak-load operation.
“Egypt’s fast-track electricity plan reflects the commitment towards developing a strong and stable electricity grid, trusted to support the country’s current sustainable development processes,” said senior vice president at Siemens Egypt, Emad Ghaly.
Egypt will sign four Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with German Siemens, which would produce 10,000 megawatts, representing third of Egypt’s power needs.
On May 26, Egypt’s Cabinet approved the contract between Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and Siemens to establish, supply and install three combined cycle power plants, with capacity of 14400 megawatts.
In March, Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker signed deals worth $10 billion with the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and Siemens representative Lisa Davis, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity.
The deals were on the sidelines of the three-day Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh.
During the conference, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced Siemens had agreed to reduce the profit margin of one of Bani Sweif plants from $2.6 billion to $2.2 billion. The Upper Egyptian power plant is planned to be executed in three years.
Rolling blackouts in Egypt have become routine in the past few years, especially during the peak usage season in the summer, a crisis largely attributed to fuel shortages.