GE scoops $300m Egyptian power deal
Firm will supply six gas turbines to new Cairo plants
GE has signed contracts totaling US$300 million to supply six gas turbines and associated services to the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company for two new combined-cycle power plants near Cairo to support Egypt’s rapidly growing energy needs.
GE and its consortium partner, SEPCO III, have been selected for the expansions of Giza North and Banha power plants. The projects will add 2,250 megawatts of capacity to the country’s power grid, or 10 percent of capacity to the country’s grid, supporting residents and businesses in Cairo. These $300 million contracts constitute the largest power generation order between GE and Egypt.
According to Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy, the country experienced 13 percent growth in electricity demand from 2009 to 2010, and the growth is expected to continue at a rate of approximately 11 percent over the next five years. The Giza North and Banha plants are scheduled to enter service by the middle of 2013 in time to help the country meet its peak power demands during the summer.
GE will supply four Frame 9FA Gas Turbines for Giza North and two 9FA Gas Turbines for Banha, along with installation and technical services. The 9FA Gas Turbines are equipped with GE’s advanced dry low NOx (DLN) combustion technology to support lower emissions at Giza North and Banha power plants. GE’s advanced DLN combustion technology is designed to help gas turbine operators meet lower emissions requirements without the injection of diluents. More than 700 GE DLN combustors have compiled more than 23 million hours of operation on almost 800 units worldwide.
Dr. Hassan Younis, Egypt’s Minister for Electricity and Energy, said: “Egypt is heralding a new era in its growth story, with a focus on the all-round development of all economic sectors. Driving this is the power industry, which is being upgraded and strengthened to meet the needs of the people and boost business efficiencies. The partnership with the major industrial energy companies will accelerate the development of the country’s power sector and, in turn, the overall economy.”