Fast-track power firm APR Energy has signed a year-long, $30m contract to provide a gas turbine power plant in Egypt.

APR Energy’s plant will feature three GE aeroderivative mobile turbines that will run on clean-burning natural gas. The plant is expected to come on line by the beginning of 2015.

Laurence Anderson, APR Energy chief executive, said: “Our contract in Egypt is the result of many months of work and gives us a foothold in one of the largest markets in the region, supporting one of the country’s most strategic industrial investments.”

Executive chairman John Campion added: “The project builds upon our experience in the industrial space, diversifying our customer base and complementing the strong success that we have had in the utility segment.”

In the past months, Ansaldo Energia, Siemens and GE have all undertaken major contracts in Egypt as part of the government’s Power Boost programme, initiated earlier this year with the goal of raising the nation’s power generation capacity to 50 GW by 2025.