Siemens and government officials were present to mark the arrival of four H-class gas turbines at the Beni Suef power plant in Egypt on Friday.

Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr. Mohamed Shaker was on hand to witness two of the 400 MW turbines alongside six 500 kilovolt (kV) generator transformers being placed on their foundations, marking an important milestone towards the commissioning of the plant – set to become the world’s biggest gas-fired combined-cycle power plant complex when completed.
Installation at Beni Suef gas-fired power plant
Dr Shaker told the assembled, “Egypt is undergoing economic transformation and as the country embarks on a series of ambitious infrastructure projects, efficient and reliable electricity will be essential to powering this development.”

Situated around 110 kilometers south of Cairo, the Beni Suef plant will start supplying its first electricity to the national energy grid as early as winter 2016/2017.

The plant will initially be operated in so-called simple cycle mode. By subsequently adding heat exchangers and steam turbines it will be expanded into combined cycle mode reaching a total installed capacity of 4.8 GW, enough to supply 15 million Egyptians with electricity.

With its local partners, Siemens will build a total of three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants with a total capacity of 14.4 GW in Egypt. 4.4 GW of this power will be connected to the national grid in only 19 months – from signing to service – which is six months faster than the world benchmark.