Turbine Islands

AAEM will supply turbine islands for four units of the El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt.

AAEM, a joint venture between Rosatom’s Atomenergomash and American General Electric, signed the contract with DEZ (acting on behalf of ASEt, a general contractor for the El Dabaa project) to supply turbine-hall equipment for Units 1-4 of El Dabaa NPP. The company will be responsible for designing, manufacturing and supplying four sets of steam turbines, condensers, generators and selected auxiliary equipment. Over 50% of equipment will be manufactured in Russia. According to the agreement, AAEM representatives will also provide technical field advisory services during erection and commissioning of supplied equipment at the NPP site.

The El Dabaa NPP will feature ARABELLE half-speed steam turbines and GIGATOP 4-pole generators manufactured by GE.

“I am positive that eleven-year long cooperation of Atomenergomash Engineering Division and GE Power in developing the joint venture’s high-tech competencies both in the field of engineering nuclear turbine island equipment and in development of advanced production technologies, will provide a principled framework for successful implementation of this project,” AAEM CEO Ilya Vergizaev said.

Power consumption in Egypt grows 6–7% per year. According to preliminary estimates, the nation needs at least 1.5 GW of new capacity to be commissioned annually. Egyptian authorities have ambitious plans and strive to diversify power sources in the country. By 2035, nuclear generation in Egypt should account for 8% of the energy mix, with natural gas, coal and renewables generating respectively 17%, 33% and 42%. “As Egypt works to diversify its energy production and to support its growing economy, the El Dabaa nuclear power plant, equipped with GE Power’s ARABELLE technology, will help Egypt deliver on their ambitious goals,” said Andreas Lusch, CEO of GE’s Steam Power. The plant will generate 4.8 GW of electric power, which is enough for over four million households.

The El Dabaa NPP is constructed in accordance with the Russian-Egyptian nuclear plant construction agreement signed on November 19, 2015. The project officially kicked off in December 2017. The total price of contracts is estimated at billions of USD, a record amount for the nuclear industry. The agreement provides for the construction of four VVER-1200 reactors on the Mediterranean coast, six kilometers away from the town of El Dabaa in the Matrouh Governorate.