Siemens has signed contracts worth € 8 billion for high-efficiency natural gas-fired power plants and wind power installations that will boost Egypt's power generation capacity by more than 50 per cent compared to the currently installed base.
The projects will add an additional 16.4 gigawatts (GW) to Egypt's national grid to support the country's rapid economic development and meet its growing population's demand for power. Together with local Egyptian partners Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction, Siemens will supply on a turnkey basis three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants, each with a capacity of 4.8GW. Siemens will also deliver up to 12 wind farms in the Gulf of Suez and West Nile areas, comprising around 600 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 2GW. The company will build a rotor blade manufacturing facility in Egypt's Ain Soukhna region, which will provide training and employment for up to 1,000 people. The facility is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2017.