Situated around 110 km south of Cairo, the Beni Suef plant is expected start supplying its first electricity to the grid as early as winter 2016/2017. To achieve that, it will initially be operated in simple cycle mode. Subsequently it will be expanded into combined cycle mode reaching a total installed capacity of 4.8 GW.

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 capacity will be connected to the national grid in only 19 months – from signing to service – which is “six months faster than the world benchmark”, says Siemens.