Siemens’ consortium partners include Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric.  The total power generated by the plants will be enough to be supplied to as many as 40 million people in Egypt.

The partners have announced the combined cycle commissioning and the start of operations at the Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital power plants.

Siemens president and CEO Joe Kaeser said: “The record-breaking completion of our Megaproject in Egypt will not only transform the power landscape in Egypt, but will also serve as a blueprint for building up power infrastructure in the Middle East and all over the world.

“This Megaproject is also setting the benchmark for trustful and reliable cooperation with our customer and our partners. The leadership of President al Sisi and his team in this project has been remarkable. We look forward to apply this unique performance model also to other countries in their efforts towards reliable, affordable and sustainable power systems.”

The three inaugurated plants are powered by eight of Siemens’ SGT5-8000 H-class gas turbines, four steam turbines, 12 generators, eight Siemens heat recovery steam generators, 12 transformers as well as a 500-kilovolt gas-insulated switchgear.

To enhance the resilience of Egypt’s grid, Siemens has energized six substations that will transmit electricity generated from the new power plants.

Siemens power and gas division global sales head Karim Amin said: “Today, we are proud that Siemens technology will generate power at the three combined cycle plants, reaching a total net efficiency of over 61 percent, ensuring the power generated is reliable and benefits millions of Egyptians.

“Our efficient H-class gas turbine technology will also help the country save over $1 billion in annual fuel costs through better fuel utilization.”