• Siemens wins operations and maintenance contract for enormous Egyptian gas plants

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Siemens AG and Siemens Technologie have been engaged by the government of Egypt to manage, operate and maintain the three 4.8 GW combined cycled gas-fired power plants Siemens completed building in the country in July. The three plants – at the new administrative capital east of Cairo, at Burullus in the northern Nile Delta and at Beni Suef south of Cairo – are claimed by Siemens to be the world’s largest plants of their type, and were built in world record time (being built over 27.5 months). The huge 14.4 GW injection of power generation capacity into the country has put an end to the rolling blackouts and long periods of industrial closures the country was experiencing, giving a boost to President and former Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The contract to manage, operate and maintain the plants is worth US$352 million/€300 million (though the period is unclear) after the capital costs of the plants of US$7 billion (€6 billion).