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Cairo has awarded Germany’s Siemens an €8bn ($9.05bn) contract for gas and wind turbines with a combined capacity of 16.4GW. This is equivalent to 52% of Egypt’s end-2014 total generating capacity of 31.45GW and is also Siemens’s largest order ever.
Siemens says that with Egyptian partners Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction it will supply on a turnkey basis three gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine plants, each with 4.8GW capacity: at Beni Suef, Burullus and at a new capital city which Egypt is planning to build 60km east of Cairo (MEES, 20 March).
Each plant will incorporate eight H-Class turbines, whose specification maximizes fuel efficiency at the expense of fuel flexibility.
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