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Egypt is pressing forward with ambitious plans to expand its gas-fired power generation capacity despite a chronic gas shortage.
Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity has contracted local firm El Sewedy Electric to build two gas-fired power plants worth a combined $706mn. A four-turbine plant at Ataqa near Suez will have capacity to generate 650MW. A two-turbine plant at Mahmoudya on the Mediterranean coast will have 330MW capacity.
El Sewedy says the plants will be started up in open-cycle mode and be converted to combined cycle later. Both will burn diesel when the country’s overstretched gas supplies are interrupted. Turbines and generators will be provided by Germany’s Siemens and Italy’s Ansaldo Energia.
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