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Siemens and ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC complete Attaqa Power Plant in record time
[08 Jul 2015]

  • Constructed in six months and ahead of schedule
  • First fully grid-connected, fast-track power plant in Egypt
  • Electricity for 620,000 Egyptian homes

Under patronage of the President of Egypt, Siemens and ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC celebrated the completion of Attaqa Simple Cycle Power Plant ahead of schedule. The plant – including all of its gas turbine generation units – was constructed in a record time of six months from groundbreaking to first commercial operation. The first Siemens gas turbine generation package in Attaqa generated electricity to the grid after 159 days - a world record for a project of this scale. Celebrating the successful startup, a special ceremony was held by ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC and Siemens at Al Massa hotel on July 7 in the presence of Egyptian Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mehlab. The ceremony was witnessed by Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, CEO of Siemens Middle East and United Arab Emirates, Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Egypt, Maximilian Egger alongside President and Chairman of ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC, Sadek Elsewedy and CEO of ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC Group, Ahmed Elsewedy.

 “Today, we celebrate a milestone in the modernization of Egypt’s energy sector, and many further milestones will soon follow,” said Maximilian Egger, CEO of Siemens in Egypt. “Attaqa power plant will make an important contribution towards an efficient and reliable power supply in Egypt at the right time to support the country’s rising needs for energy.”

Located near Suez city, Attaqa is Egypt’s first fully grid-connected fast-track power plant. The plant will help provide much-needed electricity supplies for around 620,000 households.

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