MHPS to upgrade Cairo North Combined Cycle Power StationFrom the IFRF Office
Contributed by Lucy Straker
Sheffield, Monday 4th September 2017
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has signed a contract with Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC), a subsidiary of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) to upgrade the Cairo North Combined Cycle Power Station Module I. The natural gas-fired gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power station has a rated output of 750 MW and uses two M701F gas turbines as the core component. The upgrade will increase output, improve energy generation efficiency and reduce downtime losses through extension of the inspection intervals, thereby contributing to a more stable energy supply. Delivery and commencement of operations is scheduled for the second half of 2018.
Cairo North Combined Cycle Power Station is located around 20 km north of Cairo, and has been operated by CEPC since 2005. It currently uses gas turbines provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), as well as steam turbines provided by Hitachi, Ltd. With the integration of the two companies’ thermal power generation divisions into MHPS in 2014, MHPS has since taken over after-sales services for the power station.
MHPS will supply upgraded parts for the M701F gas turbines, spare rotors, upgraded control system and parts for the steam turbine and generators, etc. required to increase the efficiency of the equipment. MHPS will also dispatch technical advisors to support the installation and commissioning phase. The parts for gas turbines’ generators will be manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO). Funding for the project will be provided by the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“We are delighted to continue in our longstanding role supporting the development and upgrade of Cairo North Combined Cycle Power Station Module I, working in close partnership with EEHC and CEPC, with support from JICA” said Satoshi Uchida, Executive Vice President of MHPS. “Our dedicated local team will deliver the high-tech solutions and technical expertise to support the country’s energy needs going forward.”
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