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First New South African Power Plants in 15 Years

Posted on July 26, 2005

For the first time in 15 years two new power plants are to be built in South Africa to meet the country´s increasing electricity demand. Siemens Power Generation (PG) will supply seven SGT5-2000E gas turbines for these plants to the South African utility ESKOM. The value of the order for PG is approximately US$277 million.

One power plant comprised of four turbines each rated 150 MW will be built in the Atlantis industrial park, located 20 km north of Cape Town. The plant in Mossel Bay, some 400 km east of Cape Town on South Africa´s southern seaboard, will comprise three turbines each rated at 150 MW. Siemens will also supply ancillary systems and the associated transformers. Around half of South Africa´s installed capacity of 40 000 MW was built in the 1980s.

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