Algerian state-owned electricity company Sonelgaz has awarded an Alstom-led consortium a contract to construct a combined cycle power plant in Algeria. The 1200 MW plant will be the first in Algeria to feature Alstom’s GT26 gas turbine technology.

Alstom’s consortium partner is Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) of Egypt, whose share of the Euros 1.3 billion contract is worth Euros 560 million. The two companies will construct the plant on a turnkey basis in Terga, 600 km west of Algiers.

The plant will be based on three GT26 units supplied by Alstom and is expected to be completed in 45 months. Orascom will be in charge of civil works and construction.

The Terga plant will help to reinforce Algeria’s power supplies and is the third contract for a gas fired power plant awarded by Sonelgaz to Alstom in the last five years. Electricity demand in the country is rising rapidly as a result of economic development and population growth.

In 2003 and 2007, Alstom signed contracts with Sonelgaz for the construction of two GT13E2-based power plants.