GE to provide Egypt power boost
Steam turbines will add 750MW to Assiut and West Damietta plants.
GE is providing its advanced D200 steam turbines to upgrade the West Damietta and Assiut Power Plants to generate an additional 750MW through combined-cycle operation, taking the total capacity of the two plants to 2.25GW.
GE will provide three D200 steam turbines, which will use the waste heat from the gas turbines to generate extra power.
West Damietta has four GE 9E gas turbines that generate 500 MW, while the Assiut plant has eight 9E turbines that generate 1 GW. Both plants already contribute to the national grid, as committed to help meet the peak summer demand.
The plants are part of the deals signed by GE earlier this year as part of its commitment to Egypt to strengthen energy sector efficiency and boost power production.
At the Egypt Economic Development Conference, GE had announced its support to the ‘Egypt Power Boost Program,’ by helping generate the 2.6 GW of electricity, the amount equivalent to the power needed for approximately 2.5 million Egyptian homes.
Dr. Mohammed Shaker, Minister of Electricity of Egypt, said: “The shift from single-cycle to combined-cycle operation at the West Damietta and Assiut Power Plants is a key part of our strategy to enhance operational efficiency and strengthen generation capacity.
“Both power plants already help meet peak summer demand as part of our Power Boost Program and now the planned upgrade will help enable the power plants to be even more efficient, sustainable and productive.”
Mohammed Mohaisen, President & CEO, GE Power Generation Products Middle East and North Africa, said: “We are committed to supporting the Ministry in fulfilling the Egypt Power Boost Program through such advanced technologies and by drawing on our proven expertise. With the two plants already in operation, we will work with the teams to install the steam turbines for a seamless upgrade.”
GE’s advanced gas turbines already help generate more than 11.68 GW of electricity. The company is also investing in a new US$200 million multimodal manufacturing, engineering, services and training center in Egypt which will focus on various industries including power generation, renewables, water, oil & gas, aviation and rail transportation.