The contract to supply the turbines, generators, heat recovery steam generators and transformers was won by Siemens, together with local partners Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric. The contract to move these from Alexandria, where they would arrive by ship from Europe, to Beni Suef and New Capital, was won by heavy lifting and transportation specialists ALE, and its Egyptian partner Egytrans.
The contract involved moving 16 Siemens SGT5-8000H gas turbines, which weigh 486 tons and are among the most powerful of their type in the world, and eight steam transformers weighing 396 tons. Each turbine measures 12.6m long, 5.5m wide, and 5.5m high. The rest of the project involved transporting over 380 boiler modules, weighing between 40 tons and 192 tons, 16 transformers for gas blocks, weighing 196 tons, and eight transformers for steam blocks, also weighing 196 tons.
Transporting turbines through the Egyptian desert
The operation began mid-April, focusing on the Beni Suef plant, and continued to New Capital two months later. By the end of August, ALE and Egytrans had transported six turbines, six generators, and two transformers to the Beni Suef power plant, and one transformer, two generators and two turbines to New Capital.