Mitsubishi, Sumitomo seal Tunisia power project deal

27 June 2017

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Sumitomo Corporation signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Societe Tunisienne de l'Electricite et du Gaz (STEG) for a gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Tunisia.

The project, which boasts a 450 MW generation capacity, will come up at Rades in Ben Arous Governorate.

The power plant construction site is located about 10 km east of the Tunisian capital, Tunis. After the start of its operation, it is expected to provide about 10 per cent of the country's total power generating capacity.

The power plant will adopt gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) generation, which is highly efficient with less greenhouse gases, and aims to start with gas turbine initial operation in May 2019, with combined cycle full operation starting in April 2020, said a statement from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.

The project cost is approximately 38 billion yen ($343 million), which is being financed by the Japanese Official Development Assistant (ODA) organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In constructing the power plant, Sumitomo Corporation will provide balance of plant and undertake civil and installation work, while MHPS will provide a M701F gas turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a steam turbine, and dispatch technical advisors and supervisors to support during the installation and commissioning periods.

As part of the deal, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will provide generators. At the same time, its European subsidiary has signed a six-year maintenance contract.