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Record project for Siemens in Egypt with “Austria Inside”

11. April 2016

Once again we have evidence that when looking for quality, technology and know-how Austria is second to none.

The record orders for Siemens in Egypt have been talked about ever since March 2015 when they were first announced in the Egypt Economic Development Conference - EEDC in Sharm El-Sheikh. Siemens has received orders worth EUR 8 billion, which is to increase the energy capacity of the country by 50% and supply 16.4 Gigawatt additionally.  It is planned to build up to 600 wind farms, ten substations  and participation in the construction of three power plants (Beni Suef , Burullus and New Capital) together with Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction.

“Austria Inside” Siemens
As so often, Austrian quality, technology and know-how is hidden inside this massive project. The first transformer for the new combined cycle power plant in Beni Suef, has recently left the Siemens factory in Weiz, Styria and is on its way to Egypt. A total of 24 transformers “Made in Austria” are to be produced in Weiz for the three new power plants in Egypt. The plant is the largest Siemens location for the development and construction of transformers.

Austria has a long tradition of trade and cooperation with Egypt reaching back to the 19th century. Thus the Austrian engineer Alois Negrelli featured prominently in the planning of the Suez Canal in the 1860s. Austrian contributions to Egyptian success stories are noteworthy to this day. For example, Austrian experts are helping with “Egypt's gift to the world”, the New Suez Canal project, by providing engineering services for the tunnel projects crossing the Suez Canal. Austrian technology and know-how are widely used in Egypt. They are, however, often hidden “inside” projects and are, therefore, not noticed by the public. Important Austrian involvement and cooperation in Egyptian projects includes hydropower installations on the Nile, formwork and facade solutions for the Egyptian Grand Museum, water treatment and desalination plants to ensure drinking water supply for Egypt or even four sided professional squash courts for one of Egypt’s favorite sports. Of course some of the famous brands are well known to all Egyptians; think only of jewelry or consumer goods such as fruit juices, energy drinks, sweets and dairy products. 

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