Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has signed a contract with Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC), a subsidiary of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), for the upgrade of CairoNorth combined cycle power station Module I. The natural-gas-fired combined cycle plant has a rated output of 750 MW and uses two MHI M701F gas turbines plus Hitachi steam turbines.

The aim of the upgrade is to increase output, improve efficiency and reduce downtime losses through extension of the inspection intervals. 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. With the integration of MHI’s and Hitachi’s thermal power generation divisions into MHPS in 2014, MHPS has taken over provision of 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.

Funding for the project will be provided via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Egyptian economy grew at an average annual rate of 4.4% from 2004-2014, and peak electricity demand grew at an even higher rate of 6.0% during that period, resulting in a tight supply of electricity, MHPS observes, thus “to ensure a stable supply of power, it is necessary to further increase the capacity of power generation facilities while also increasing the efficiency and reliability of power generation, transmission, and distribution facilities.”