Siemens has played an impressive role in shaping the technological evolution in Egypt since 1856. It has been a role model for partnership with the Egyptian government, especially the company's projects in the energy field. Additionally, Siemens is keen to drive employment opportunities for Egyptian youth and increase workforce localization in line with Egypt Vision 2030.
Based on an agreement between Germany and Egypt, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Siemens signed a strategic alliance agreement to support occupational training in Egypt, with total investment of more than €22 million. Under the milestone agreement, Siemens joined forces with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of BMZ, to establish and operate a joint technical training center in Ain Sokhna. The center provides training for more than 5,500 Egyptian youth for four years in advanced technical skills that are critical to the Egyptian economy. These include: industrial mechanics; electric engineering; automation and control as well as; building key competencies in the maintenance and repair of power plants and wind farms. The parties will also support the modernization of a Higher Technical institute in Al Ameriya area in Cairo.
Continuing Siemens’ extensive efforts to boost workforce development initiatives in Egypt, the company has selected four Egyptian students to start their work-study training at different Siemens locations across Germany to start their workshop in August 2017. “Siemens Apprenticeship Program” is a dual-system German education model with programs run for 3.5 years in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of BMZ.
In 2016, Siemens won the largest single contract in the history of cooperation with Egypt for the construction of three power plants with a capacity of 14 thousand megawatts in Beni Suef, the new Administrative Capital and Bolloros, to be implemented in only 18 months from the date of signing the contracts: new global standard in the implementation of mega projects of this scale. According to the Minister of Electricity, Mohamed Shaker, the Siemens project will save $1-1.3 billion, as a result of the energy efficiency of the three 4.8 GW combined cycle power plants. They will be the largest CCGT plants ever built and operated, capable of supplying electricity to 45 million Egyptians.
Furthermore, Siemens also signed agreements with the Egyptian government for the establishment of a training center in the Suez Canal Economic Zone and the development of transport sector, especially railways and maritime transport.
Siemens always emphasizes the company's keenness to expand its activities in Egypt, with new projects and the importance to increase training programs in line with the priorities of the government's work program and its vision for achieving sustainable development.
Siemens also contributed in the modernization of obsolete generators in oil fields and refineries to raise their operational efficiency. Siemens signed a joint venture with Egypt Maintenance Company, represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, and represented by the Ministry of Electricity, for the establishment of a specialized center in the city of Suez for the maintenance and repair of rotating equipment for the oil, gas and electricity sectors in Egypt instead of sending them abroad. Siemens was responsible to equip the center with the latest equipment using advanced technology to prepare technical cadres of Egyptian engineers and technicians.
Finally, in January 2018, Siemens Gamesa secured a contract to construct a 262MW wind turbine in Egypt's Gulf of Suez, and operations will be expected to start end of 2018. This agreement will boost the country's electricity generation by 50 percent. This wind project represents the first privately-backed wind project in Egypt, where all wind facilities had previously been backed by the state-run Renewable Energy Authority.
launched a huge project in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and
Energy to implement and install 3 power plants and connect them to the national
electricity network in Beni Suef, the new administrative capital and the city of
Borolos in Kafr El-Sheikh.