ALE installs new turbine and generator at a power plant in Egypt

ALE has recently completed the swift installation of a turbine and generator at the Supercritical Power Plant in Assiut, Egypt. To install the steam turbine, weighing 240t and measuring 8m long, ALE used a gantry and 200t capacity strand jacks to lift the turbine 16m from the ground. As the entrance to the building was perpendicular to the installation location, the turbine needed to be turned by 90°. This was performed using skidding beams and the gantry was then skidded over the installation location, where the turbine was lowered into position on its bench. These manoeuvres were repeated for the installation of the stator generator, weighing 296t and measuring 10m long.

This operation was completed as part of a series of upgrades at the power plant that will help to contribute to Egypt’s drive for sustainable urban development and economic growth.

IDP distributes over 35 Potain tower cranes for a new city in Egypt

More than 35 Potain tower cranes are currently being used on the construction site of the new El Alamein city on Egypt’s northern coast. The on-site Potain cranes fleet includes MCT 85, MCT 205, MC 235 C and MC 310 K12 models. All these machines have been delivered by International Development Programmes (IDP), distributor of Potain cranes in Egypt for the past 44 years. The cranes started arriving on site in 2018 and are expected to stay there for at least 5 years.

The two most popular cranes on the job site are the MCT 85 and MCT 205 topless models. The first one has a maximum jib length of 52 m and a tip load of 1.1 t. It has a maximum capacity of 5 t. The MCT 205 is a topless crane with a maximum capacity of 10 t and it can lift 1.75 t at its maximum jib end of 65 m. Once completed, the new city will be able to accommodate 3 million people over an are of 21,000 hectares.

BP sells its oil assets in Egypt

BP has announced the sell of its interests in Gulf of Suez oil concessions in Egypt to Dubai-based Dragon Oil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). The deal, which is subject to the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources’ approval, is expected to complete during the second half of 2019 and is part of BP’s plan to divest more than $10 billion of assets globally over the next two years.

Bob Dudley, BP chief executive, said: “Egypt is a core growth and investment region for BP. In the past four years we have invested around $12 billion in Egypt – more than anywhere else in our portfolio – and we plan another $3 billion investment over the next two years. We look forward to continuing to broaden our business here, working closely with the government of Egypt as we develop the country’s abundant resources.”

Hesham Mekawi, regional president, BP North Africa, added: “We continue to bring on new developments and deliver important gas supplies for the country. We remain on track to triple our 2016 net production from Egypt by 2020. As we grow our business here, we also keep our portfolio under review. We believe Dragon Oil is well-placed to operate these mature assets, delivering further value for Egypt.”

Deutz strengthens its network in the Middle East

German engine manufacturer Deutz AG is expanding its network of dealers and service outlets in the Middle East region. The first phase of this expansion will focus on Egypt, the Arab Gulf States and Turkey.
“Expanding and digitalising our service activities forms a key part of our growth strategy. By building on our presence in the Middle East, we will be better able to meet regional demand for our products and services, which will not only make our local operations much more efficient, but will also significantly improve the performance of the service business as a whole,” says Michael Wellenzohn, Member of the Deutz Board of Management.

Dr. Matthias Szupories (DEUTZ AG, Senior Vice President Central Sales Western & Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa), Hassan Al Mahroos (Chairman & CEO M.H. Al Mahroos BSC (C)), main importer for Saudi-Arabia and Bahrain, and Markus Schneider (DEUTZ AG, Head of Sales and Service Middle East & Africa) at bauma 2019