Beni Suef is a combined-cycle natural gas power plant being built by Siemens for the Egyptian Government, as a part of the Egypt Megaproject. The 4.8GW power plant is located in Beni Suef in the southern part of the country, approximately 110km south of Cairo.
It is the world’s biggest gas-fired combined-cycle power plant complex when fully operational in 2017, capable of providing electricity to approximately 15 million Egyptians.
Spread across an area of 500,000m², the plant uses innovative technology from Siemens that combines a gas turbine with a steam turbine to achieve high fuel-efficiency and low production costs. The exhaust heat from the gas turbines will be used to power the steam turbine, resulting in efficient working of the power plant with lower fuel consumption levels.
The plant will initially be operated in simple cycle mode, while heat exchangers and steam turbines will be gradually added to the plant to convert it into a combined-cycle plant, generating a total output of 4.8GW.
The power plant is built in four modules, with each module including two H-class gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, a steam turbine, and three 500kV generator transformers.
According to en.wikipedia