Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Sumitomo have secured a contract from Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG) to develop a 450MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Tunisia.

Both firms have entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with STEG to construct the gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Rades in Ben Arous Governorate.

The project is expected to cost around JPY38bn ($341m), which will be financed by the Japanese Official Development Assistant (ODA) organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Situated around 10km of the Tunisian capital Tunis, the power plant is expected to supply around 10% of the country’s total power generating capacity.

The partnership intends to initially start with gas turbine operation in May 2019, while the combined cycle full operation in April 2020.

For the construction of the plant, Sumitomo will offer balance of plant and undertake civil and installation work in the construction of the plant.

MHPS will provide a M701F gas turbine, heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine, as well as dispatch technical advisors and supervisors to support during the installation and commissioning periods.

Mitsubishi Electric will offer generators for the project. In addition, MHPS’s European subsidiary has entered into a six-year maintenance contract.

In 1985, MHPS provided gas and oil-fired boilers and steam turbines for a power project in the same power station, which is still operating.

Sumitomo is engaged in the construction (EPC) of power plants across the globe with a total capacity of around 50,000MW.

Image: Mitsubish and Sumitomo have signed EPC contract with STEG to construct a gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Tunisia. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd.