Tunis/Duisburg, 22 February 2018 - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), Sumitomo Corporation and Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG) laid the foundation stone for a gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in the Tunisian Republic on 22nd February. This event, which was attended by representatives from industry and politics, marks the official start of the power plant construction.
The Power Plant construction site is located about 10 km east of the Tunisian
capital, Tunis. The new "Rades C" power plant has a capacity of 450 MWe and will
adopt gas turbine combined cycle generation, which is highly efficient with less
greenhouse gases. Gas turbine initial operation is scheduled before summer 2019,
with combined cycle full operation before summer 2020.
In constructing the Power Plant, Sumitomo Corporation will provide balance of plant
and undertake civil and installation work. MHPS will provide a M701F gas turbine, a
steam turbine, and dispatch technical advisors and supervisors to support during
the installation and commissioning periods. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will
provide generators. MHPS Europe, a subsidiary of MHPS, will provide a heat
recovery steam generator and some ancillary components; the company also
signed a six-year maintenance contract for the power plant.
"The groundbreaking ceremony of Rades C is another milestone, not only for MHPS
and our consortium partners", said Satoshi Uchida, Chief Executive Officer of MHPS
Europe during the ceremony. "It is also an important step for the future
development of the Republic of Tunisia, as new power sources are vital for
economic growth." After the start of its operation, the new unit will provide about
10% of the country's total power generating capacity.
Starting back in 1985, the MHI / MHPS Group delivered gas- and oil-fired boilers
and steam turbines for the first two units of the Rades power plant, which are still
being operated in good condition and at a high availability. Satoshi Uchida:
"Customer satisfaction is always one of our main targets and we want to achieve
this target also in the Rades C project."
About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), headquartered in Yokohama,
Japan, is a joint venture formed in February 2014 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. integrating their operations in thermal power generation
systems and other related businesses. MHPS today ranks among the world's leading
suppliers of equipment and services to the power generation market, backed by
100 billion yen in capital and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide. The
Company's products include GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC
(integrated coal gasification combined-cycle) power plants, conventional
gas/coal/oil-fired (thermal) power plants, boilers, generators, gas and steam
turbines, geothermal power plants, AQCS (air quality control systems), power plant
peripheral equipment, digital solutions and solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC).
About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe Ltd. (MHPS Europe), headquartered in
London, a subsidiary of globally operating Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.,
designs, constructs power plants and provides long-term maintenance. The plant
constructor also supplies key components such as gas turbines, steam generators
and environmental equipment. As a market and technology leader, e.g. for gas
turbines or utility steam generators, MHPS Europe places its trust in state-of-theart,
environmentally compatible and efficient plants. With key bases in UK and
Germany, the company has a workforce of approx. 1,200.
MHPS Europe has a 100+ year track record in the power plant sector, with a broad
product line-up and turnkey services for turbines, boilers and generators.
Geothermal power plants and other green technologies (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells,
Converted Local Biomass, Power-to-Fuel) are examples of our innovative energy
solutions. We also offer digital services for power plants and components.