Siemens has signed an agreement in Berlin with Sudan's state-run energy provider Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company (STPGC) to supply five SGT5-2000E gas turbines. These machines will deliver a combined electrical generating capacity of some 850 megawatts for the Sudanese national grid. All five power plant units are scheduled to already commence commercial operation at the end of 2017.
In addition to the five E-class gas turbines, Siemens' scope of supply also comprises five associated SGen5-100A generators as well as Siemens' SPPA-T3000 control systems. Three of the machines are destined for Garri Power Station in the North of the Sudanese Capital Khartoum, while the remaining two units will generate electric power further east in Port Sudan on the country's Red Sea coast. All five of these turbine-generator sets will be initially commissioned as simple-cycle gas-turbine power plant units. However, later add-on of steam turbines is planned to expand the units to combined cycle configurations.
"Our power plant engineering is making a decisive contribution to very rapidly improving the power supply system in Sudan," states Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens' Power and Gas Division. "We're thus in a position to help the people of Republic of the Sudan to develop a modern yet affordable electrification system that brings forward efforts to advance the nation's economic and social development. At the same time, we are pleased to give additional impetus to the initiative of the Federal Government to stabilize the region of North Africa. For Siemens this order furthermore constitutes a major step to strengthen our presence in Africa's growing power plant market," adds Meixner.
All five gas turbines are already nearing ex-works shipment. Two of the machines were manufactured at Siemens' Gas Turbine Manufacturing Plant in Berlin, and manufacture of the other three is being completed in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The five generators will be delivered from Erfurt, Germany, to Republic of the Sudan. Siemens' E-class gas turbines can fire not only natural gas but also heavy fuel oil and light diesel oil. This high fuel flexibility along with the short delivery lead time proved to be an important selection criterion for the customer in opting for Siemens.
Republic of the Sudan has substantial market potential for power plant components and solutions. The country is planning to invest extensively in its energy infrastructure in the coming years in order to be able to meet the rising demand for electricity.