Siemens can help with Taiwan power shortage
Siemens ( ) and Egypt and have signed contracts worth 8 billion euros for high-efficiency natural gas-fired power plants and wind power installations and similar techniques can be a solution for Taiwan’s future power shortages, said Simens Taipei in a press release yesterday.
The orders expanding on the memorandums of understanding announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) held in Sharm el-Sheik in March 2015 will largely boost Egypt’s power generation capacity compared to the currently installed base. The projects will add an additional 16.4 gigawatts (GW) to Egypt’s national grid, the company said.
“With these unprecedented contracts, Siemens and its partners are supporting Egypt’s economic development by using highly efficient natural gas and renewable technologies to create an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy mix for the country’s future,” said Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG.
Siemens will supply on a turnkey basis three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants, each with a capacity of 4.8GW, for a total combined capacity of 14.4GW. Each of the three power plants will be powered by eight Siemens H-Class gas turbines, selected for their high output and record-breaking efficiency. The plants will add power to the grid in stages. Once completed, the three power plants will be the largest in the world, the company stated.
Solutions for Taiwan Power
Taiwan is also facing electricity shortages, especially during peak seasons of power usage. Taiwan’s traditional coal-fired power plants are aging and emit high levels of carbon emissions. Responding to a global trend of generating power on a low-carbon basis and considering the full speed development of the national economy highly relying on sufficient power supply, Taiwan shall consider using natural gas instead of coal for power generation to pave the way for its sustainable energy system, the company stated.
Siemens Taiwan President and CEO Erdal Elver said, “Siemens H-class combined cycle gas turbine ordered by Egypt has achieved a proven and verified world-record efficiency of 60.75 percent. The high efficiency has made it widely adopted by many prominent power plants in USA, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey. This combinedcycle operation features CO2 emissions up to 75 percent less than traditional coal-fired plants, thereby providing environmentally friendly power generation.” Siemens will also deliver up to 12 wind farms in the Gulf of Suez and West Nile areas, comprising around 600 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 2GW, the company said.
Siemens power plant components are seen in this undated file photo. Siemens has signed an 8-billion-euro contract with Egypt for natural gas power plants.