GE Power wins turbine contract for Egypt’s first nuclear plant

GE Power to supply 4 nuclear turbine islands for El DabaaThe Arabelle is helping to deliver more than 20 GW of power around the world. (Image source: GE Power)GE Power will deliver turbine island equipment for El Dabaa nuclear power plant project in Egypt through AAEM, its joint venture with Russian-based power engineering company, Atomenergomash

The US$700mn contract includes the supply of basic design of four conventional islands, supply four nuclear turbine generator sets, including the Arabelle half-speed steam turbines, and provide technical expertise for the on-site installation and commissioning.

Andreas Lusch, CEO of GE’s Steam Power, said, “As Egypt works to diversify its energy production and to support its growing economy, the El Dabaa nuclear power plant, equipped with GE Power’s Arabelle technology, will help Egypt deliver on their ambitious goals.”

Electricity demand in Egypt has increased rapidly as a result of their growing population and increasing industrial activity. It’s estimated that an additional 1.5 GW of new capacity will be needed each year that is a six per cent increase year over year until 2022.

To support this increasing demand without blackouts, Egypt has an ambitious energy plan which includes diversifying its installed base. El Dabaa nuclear power plant will help deliver on that plan by stabilising the Egyptian grid with dependable, CO2 free energy and having a predictable low cost of electricity. Once in operation, El Dabaa will produce 4.8 GW enough to power up more than four million homes in Egypt.

GE Power completed building and connecting the Badr substation in Egypt to the national grid. The new 500/220kV gas-Insulated substation will dispatch 1.5 GW of electricity and play a strategic role in upcoming Egypt-Saudi Arabia interconnection, linking the national grids of both countries with a 1,300km transmission line.

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