GE has signed contracts totalling $300m to supply six gas turbines and associated services to the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company for two new combined-cycle power plants near Cairo.

GE and its consortium partner, SEPCO III, have been selected for expanding the Giza North and Banha power plants to add 2250 MW to Egypt’s power grid, expanding its capacity by 10 per cent. The plants are due online by mid 2013 to help meet peak summertime power demand.

GE will supply four Frame 9FA Gas Turbines for Giza North and two 9FA Gas Turbines for Banha, along with installation and technical services. The 9FA Gas Turbines are equipped with GE’s advanced dry low NOx (DLN) combustion technology to support lower emissions. China-based SEPCO III is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company for the projects.

The four 9FA Gas Turbines at Giza North, 30 km northwest of Cairo, will have a total capacity of 1 GW, while the plant will generate 1.5 GW in combined-cycle operation. The two 9FA Gas Turbines at Banha, 40 km northwest of Cairo, have a total capacity of 500 MW and the plant’s combined-cycle output will be 750 MW. The gas turbines are scheduled for shipment to the project sites in the second quarter of 2012.

Since 1974, nearly 70 GE gas turbines have been installed in Egypt, and they are generating more than 7 GW, a quarter of the country’s installed capacity.

Egypt’s electricity demand rose by 13 per cent from 2009 to 2010, and the growth is expected to continue at a rate of about 11 per cent over the next five years, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

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