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Wärtsilä providing flexible engines for Egyptian power plant

Wärtsilä will supply two of its natural gas-fired 34SG engines for a power plant in Eqypt.

The Finnish technology firm announced the contract for additional capacity at the plant in Borg El Arab, an industrial city some 45 KM southwest of Alexandria. The plant is owned and operated by the National Electricity Technology company, Kahraba, a part of the Egypt Kuwait Holdings (EKH) Group.

The Wärtsilä engines will have a combined output of 19 MW and will increase the plant’s capacity by close to 67 percent. The existing plant runs on three Wärtsilä 34SG engines.

“The local industries impose increasing demand on power capacity,” Ahmed Nassr-Eldin Khaled, Deputy Technical General Manager, Kahraba, said in a statement. “The Wärtsilä engines will help alleviate this situation and will enable us to deliver a reliable electricity supply to our customers, thus supporting industrial growth in the area. To extend the power plant with proven Wärtsilä design was a natural choice.”

The new equipment will be delivered to the site in January 2020, and the extended facility is expected to become operational by the end of that year. EKH Group also operates an older plant with Wärtsilä engines.

“Our smart power generation technology will provide added flexibility, as well as capacity to the local grid here. Furthermore, the low noise specification for the radiators, plus the fact that the engines will operate on domestic natural gas, will enhance the plant’s environmental footprint,” said Magnus Miemois, Regional Director, Wärtsilä Energy Business.

The Egyptian government has set targets for renewables to make up 42 percent of the country’s electricity mix by 2035, based on rapid solar and wind energy deployment. With an increasing share of renewable energy sources, the grid will need more flexible generation capacity.