The world energy leader providing equipment, solutions, and services, GE Power has won a contract to deliver the turbine island equipment for the El Dabaa nuclear power plant project in Egypt. The deal is reportedly worth $700 million.

According to the new contract – awarded through AAEM GE’s joint venture with Atomenergomash- the company will supply the basic design of four conventional island, supply four nuclear turbine generator sets, including the Arabelle half-speed steam turbines, and provide technical expertise for the on-site installation and commissioning.

Electricity demand in Egypt has increased rapidly as a result of the growing population (around 96 million) and increasing industrial activity. It’s estimated that an additional 1.5GW of new capacity will be needed each year – that’s a 6% increase year over year until 2022.

The El Dabaa nuclear power plant will help deliver on Egypt’s ambitious energy plan by stabilizing the Egyptian grid with dependable, CO2 free energy and having a predictable low cost of electricity, according to GE.

Once in operation, El Dabaa will produce 4.8GW – enough to power up more than 4 million homes in Egypt.

“As Egypt works to diversify its energy production and to support its growing economy, the El Dabaa nuclear power plant, equipped with GE Power’s Arabelle technology, will help Egypt deliver on their ambitious goals. Today, the Arabelle is helping to deliver more than 20GW of power around the world and we will leverage this experience and know-how to deliver reliable, dependable and CO2 free energy to the Egyptian grid” said Andreas Lusch, CEO of GE’s Steam Power.

The Arabelle steam turbine has been in operation for the past 18 years, the technology produces 2% more power output than the traditional configurations.

In December 2017, Egypt and Russia signed a $30 billion deal to build North Africa’s first nuclear power plant.

According to the signed contracts, the Russian ROSATOM will build four VVER-1200 units of the El Dabaa NPP in the Matrouh region on the Mediterranean coast, as well as supplying nuclear fuel throughout the plant’s entire operational lifetime. The first unit of the El Dabaa NPP is to be commissioned in 2026.

Recently, GE Power completed building and connecting the Badr substation in Egypt to the national grid. The new 500/220 kilovolt (kV) Gas-Insulated Substation will dispatch 1.5 GW of electricity and play a strategic role in the upcoming Egypt – Saudi Arabia Interconnection, linking the national grids of both countries with a 1,300-kilometer transmission line.