CAIRO: The first two H-class gas turbines were installed Thursday at Egypt’s Beni Suef power plant amid big celebrations by Siemens representatives and Egyptian officials.
The German company has also installed six 500 kilovolt (kV) generator transformers which are expected to generate 800 megawatts. The generator transformers are 12.6 meters long, 5.5 meters high and 5.5 meters wide.
This installment marks an “important milestone towards the commissioning of the plant – set to become the world’s biggest gas-fired combined-cycle power plant complex when completed,” said the company in a statement Thursday.
According Siemens, the plant will begin supplying the national energy grid with electricity by winter 2016/2017.
The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Siemens signed a deal in June per which three combined-cycle power plants (Beni Suef, Burullus and Egypt’s under-construction administrative capital) and 12 wind farms will be established by the company.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Wednesday with Chief Executive Officer of German industrial giant Siemens Joe Kaeser to review the status of the company’s ongoing power plant projects.