2nd batch of Siemens gas turbines to head to Beni Suef soon
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CAIRO: The second consignment of Siemens gas turbines were announced to have been loaded in Berlin before it heads to Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef, Youm7 quoted a Friday statement by the German-based global technology powerhouse.

The two turbines, measuring 12.6 meters long, 5.5 meters high and 5.5 meters wide, were reportedly loaded on a huge barge, which will sail to Rotterdam where the H-class gas turbines will be loaded directly to a heavy load carrier before it sails to Red Sea’s port of Adabiya and finally to Beni Suef.

The first two Siemens turbines were shipped from Berlin mid-February. The turbines are out of an agreement signed between Egypt and Siemens to serve three large power stations the German Industrial conglomerate is currently establishing in the country.

The three stations are located in Beni Suef, Burullus and Egypt’s under-construction administrative capital and will work with a capacity of 14,400 megawatts.

Youm7 reported that the turbines will be installed in the three power stations by May.

In November 2015, a group of banks secured Egypt’s first installment to fund an 8-billion-euro ($8.5 billion) project for power plants to be established by Siemens.

The deal was signed in June so the project is launched in 2016 and ends in 2018; the project includes three combined-cycle power plants and 12 wind farms.

Cooperation between Egypt and Siemens in the fields of transportation, energy and training was discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Siemens CEO Joe Kaesar in January.

An under-construction Siemens training center in Egypt is planned to train 300 Egyptian engineers and technicians on handling all kinds of turbines and engines; 100 of whom will work at Siemens and the rest will be offered job opportunities in Gulf states, a Cabinet statement quoted Kaesar as saying.

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