The Siemens Megaproject in Egypt is a very good example of how a company can serve society in several ways at the same time.Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
Egypt's national challengesPolitical instability, slow economic growth, energy scarcity, fight against corruption and social injustice, as well as a weak labor market – these are just some of the many national challenges that Egypt's population is facing.
How Siemens supports Egypt’s Vision 2030
With Vision 2030, Egypt has set itself the clear goal of joining the world’s 30 most competitive countries and 30 strongest economies by 2030. In focusing on diverse reform methods and programs, the government is keen to unlock the country’s numerous development opportunities. Investment in the energy sector plays a pivotal role to that end. By reaching the agreement with the government, Siemens completed the Egypt megaproject in record time and increased the power generation capacity by over 40 percent, thus helping the country achieve its growth plan and boosting its economy. As part of the project, Siemens has invested significantly in creating local training facilities and job opportunities.
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Siemens’ solutions for driving Egypt’s change
Reliable power for all
Egypt’s commitment to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy was an integrated part of the country’s sustainable development. In partnership with Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction, Siemens, already a trusted advisor to Egypt on energy matters, was commissioned with the design, supply and delivery of three combined-cycle power plants in Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus. In the scope of the megaproject, 14.4 GW of electricity were added to Egypt’s national grid – an increase of more than 40 percent compared with 2015. This is sufficient to provide over 40 million Egyptians with electricity.
My job at Siemens makes me proud, knowing that our technologies are contributing to a sustainable energy infrastructure in Egypt.Waleed El-Twapty
Power to grow
With a total of 145 million man-hours of labor, involving 43,500 workers directly or indirectly, construction of the power plants and supporting infrastructure was a multi-billion-euro economic stimulus. Thousands of jobs have been created to operate and maintain the sites. Across the three power plants, 95% of the 24,500 workers are local Egyptians. More than 1,000 suppliers and contractors were hired, almost three quarters of them local businesses. As a result, the living standards of the local community significantly improved. Siemens also developed site saftey training parks at all three of its construction sites in Egypt and created a unique saftey solution in preventing lost-time incidents.
For me, this Megaproject is a big contribution to Egypt, to their economy, its growth and to the welfare of the people here and their needs.Jose Leo Requieron
Learning on the job
The success of the power plants depends greatly on the skills of the people who operate them. Siemens trained 600 technicians and engineers in an intensive six-month program between Egypt and Germany. The aim was to train the future operation and maintenance staff of the three power plants in all the necessary areas of technical competence as well as interpersonal and behavioral skills. For the long-term strategy, Siemens is partnering with the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to strengthen Egypt’s vocational educational system. Over a period of four years, around 6,000 Egyptian engineers will receive specialized on-the-job training.
The utmost integrity
As with most large-scale infrastructure projects, the social and environmental factors are of vital significance. With this in mind, Siemens initiated the Integrity Pact with its consortium partners to develop an anti-corruption ecosystem within the megaproject. All stakeholders made a clear commitment to fair competition with regard to the awarding of contracts and implementation of work.