German’s industrial giant Siemens performs major overhaul maintenance work at the first gas unit of the Western Mountain Power Station in Ruwais, Libya.
The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) said in a statement that the maintenance is being carried out by specialists from the German company Siemens. It added that the progress is proceeding at a “good pace.”
The statement pointed out that these maintenance works come in light of efforts to improve the performance of the electrical network and increase productivity in preparation for the summer peak.
Last week, GECOL awarded Egyptian Elsewedy Electric Company an €800 million contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction activities of a power plant in Zliten city, according to a filing to the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) on Wednesday
The contract also includes, besides developing the 1044-megawatt power plant, building additional electric interconnection networks.
The project will be carried out by a joint venture between Elsewedy Electric Libya and Qatar’s UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Company (UCC).
Both companies will supply six gas turbines, which are manufactured by Germany’s Siemens, to the project.
Under the contract, Elsewedy and UCC will be tasked with preparing the plant’s site as well as undertaking other civil, construction, and infrastructure works.
In July 2022, the Chairman of GECOL, Wiam Al-Abdali, met with the German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht, in Tripoli. They discussed cooperating to develop the waning electricity network in Libya.
They discussed accelerating the operation of the two emergency stations in the west of Tripoli and Misrata. These are being implemented by a coalition consisting of Germany’s Siemens, and Turkey’s Anka.
They also discussed conducting urgent and emergency maintenance for some power stations, and developing the electrical network. “On the sidelines of the meeting, the two sides discussed the possibility of benefiting from the expertise of German companies in the field of solar energy,” GECOL noted.
Al-Abdali praised the great effort and cooperation provided by Siemens in Libya. In turn, Ohnmacht stressed he would urge German companies to exert more effort in providing the necessary support to GECOL.