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Siemens has placed the first turbines at the Beni Suef power plant in Egypt, which is a gas-fired combined-cycle complex situated around 110 kilometers south of Cairo. Of the four H-class 400 MW gas turbines that have arrived, two have already been placed on their foundations alongside six 500 kV generator transformers.
Once completed, the power plant is expected to have a capacity of 4.8 GW, and can provide electricity for 15 million people.
The Beni Suef plant will start supplying its first electricity to the national energy grid this winter. It will initially be operated in “simple cycle mode”. It will be expanded to combined cycle mode by subsequently adding heat exchangers and steam turbines to reach a total installed capacity of 4.8 GW.
Siemens also has plans to build three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants in Egypt, with a total capacity of 14.4 GW.