The new facility is expected to produce 1,200MW of power, which would increase Algeria’s current installed generation capacity by approximately 18%.

As one of the largest combined-cycle power plants in the region, the project would help meet Algeria’s electricity demand, which is reportedly growing at the rate of more than 7% per year.

GE plans to manufacture the F-class gas turbines for the Koudiet Eddraouch plant at GE Energy’s facilities in Belfort, France. Previously, GE provided its F-class technology for the 1,220MW Hadjret En-Nouss plant and the 800MW Skikda project.

Douadji Kinane, CEO of Sonelgaz Manufacturing, said: Today, Sonelgaz is pleased to announce the purchase of additional gas turbines and an agreement for a long term maintenance contract for its overall installed gas turbine fleet in Algeria. The benefits of this long term agreement include plants with better efficiency and reliability, controlled costs spending for the maintenance and is made possible due to the trust we have in our business relationship and in the latest technologies developed by GE.