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First Siemens gas turbines begin their journey to Egypt

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The first Siemens gas turbines have started their journey to Egypt. Two turbines for the Beni Suef power plant project will be loaded onto a barge at the Berlin Westhafen port, from where they will be shipped to the Rotterdam seaport. Via the Port of Adabiya on the Red Sea the 890 t cargo will then be transported to Beni Suef.

The two SGT5-8000H gas turbines will start their three-month trip at Berlin Westhafen and will end it at the Beni Suef power plant project situated around 110 km south of Cairo. The machines, which each measure 12.6 m long, 5.5 m high and 5.5 m wide, will be loaded into a barge with the aid of two cranes and first shipped to the Port of Rotterdam. In this seaport, the two gas turbines will be loaded onto the “Wiebke” heavy load carrier with the ship’s onboard cranes. The ship will travel from Rotterdam to the Mediterranean Sea across the Strait of Gibraltar. The cargo arrives at the destination port of Adabiya on the Red Sea, passing through the Suez Canal. A 40-axle trailer will transport the turbines the rest of the way, traveling the 250 km route along the Nile to Beni Suef.

After they arrive at the Beni Suef construction site, the gas turbines will be installed in the power plant’s machine room. A total of eight SGT5-8000H gas turbines will be installed in the plant in several phases.

“We expect the plant in Beni Suef to feed electricity into the Egyptian power grid as early as the winter of 2016/2017”, said Willi Meixner, CEO of the Siemens Power and Gas Division. “Siemens is helping its Egyptian partner to build a powerful, reliable power supply system with proven power plant technology.”

The H-class gas turbines from Berlin will play a key role in the planned expansion of Egypt’s power generation system. In total, 24 highly efficient turbines, 24 heat recovery steam generators, twelve steam turbines and 36 generators will be installed in the country’s three power plant projects.

Siemens will build a total of three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants with H-class technology and a total capacity of 14.4 GW in Egypt.

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