GE signs contract in Algeria for 12 steam turbines, 38 generators

General Electric (GE) signed three contracts totaling about $2.7 billion with SPE, an affiliate of Sonelgaz, which is Algeria’s national electricity and gas company.

GE will supply heavy-duty gas turbine combined-cycle and aeroderivative gas turbine technology for nine power plants. The addition of nearly 9 GW of electricity will help strengthen Algeria’s power sector to help meet the growing requirements of the country.

The three agreements include six new combined-cycle power plants that will ultimately increase Algeria’s generating capacity by 70 percent adding more than 8 GW of electricity; two fast-track projects that add 528 MW of capacity for this summer’s peak demand; and a new simple-cycle power plant to add 370 MW to Algeria’s electricity grid.

Under the first agreement, GE has signed a $1.9 billion contract with Société Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité (SPE Spa), part of the Sonelgaz Group, to provide power generation equipment and services for six new combined-cycle power plants. Together the plants will produce more than 8 GW of electricity generating enough power to help meet the equivalent of 8 million Algerian households, increasing the country’s energy capacity by nearly 70 percent.

The nine Sonelgaz power plants receiving the GE technology are located in northern Algeria and will begin simple-cycle duty in 2015 and combined-cycle operation in 2017.

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