Siemens has announced a significant order for gas turbine technology at an Indian power plant, while also inaugurating the first phase of its Egyptian megaproject.
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) in India has contracted the German power giant to overhaul 18 units of RT48S & RT56 power turbines of its fleet of aeroderivative gas turbines driven by Industrial AVON & Industrial RB211 gas generators along with installation and commissioning services. The turbines are operating at Mumbai High Asset and Neelam & Heera Asset of ONGC in Mumbai.
The overhauling incorporates Siemens’ Zero Hour Overhaul services. The Zero Hour Overhauling will be first of its kind in India and involves the overhaul of power turbines to zero hour status. Traditionally, ONGC’s power turbines undergo a Time Continued Overhaul where after overhauling the units can run for another 50,000 hour before the next overhaul.
Under the newer concept of Zero Hour Overhaul, the turbines will be brought to zero hour status. The turbine will perform almost as new – capable of safe and reliable operation for another 100,000 hours before the next overhaul. This will help reduce down-time and improve productivity by eliminating at least one intermediate overhaul.
Meanwhile German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi symbolically inaugurated the first phase of Siemens‘ megaproject in Egypt.
The event marks an important milestone towards the completion of the project, which will boost the country’s power generation capacity by 45 per cent when finished. Together with its local partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, Siemens broke all records in modern power plant construction by connecting 4.8 GW of new capacity to the grid in only 18 months after the signing of the contract for the company’s biggest single order ever.
Complementary to the megaproject, Siemens supports the development of future highly skilled Egyptian workforce, and has announced the details of a strategic alliance agreement between Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the company to support occupational training in Egypt. The announcement was made by Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG at an event, which was attended by local officials and business leaders.
As part of the agreement, Siemens will join forces with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of BMZ, for the establishment and the operation of a joint training center as well as the strengthening of one selected Egyptian public vocational training institute. The program was designed in line with Egypt’s objectives outlined in “Egypt Vision 2030” to promote long-term economic growth, create new jobs and increase the competiveness of Egyptian industries.
The construction of the training center is scheduled to begin in 2017, with the facility scheduled to open in 2018.
The construction works for Siemens’ megaproject in Egypt are enormous. More than 1,600,000 tons of material – including 960,000 tons of concrete and 48,000 tons of rebar steel – will be processed until completion. At Beni Suef, massive excavation works were necessary to prepare the site, leading to the removal of around 1,750,000 m3 of rocks. This is equivalent to the volume of the smaller Giza pyramid. When completed, each of the three power plants, located at Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus, is set to become the biggest gas-fired combined-cycle power station in the world. Altogether, the three power plants will have a combined capacity of 14.4 GW.
To increase the capacity of the transmission network nationwide, Siemens has successfully put the first three substations into operation that will transmit the electricity generated by the three power plants to Egypt’s power grid.