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). (CONTINUED - 300 WORDS)