Information published on 27 June 2017 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 554.

Germany: DB Schenker transports over 100,000 tons of power station components to Egypt

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The final push for a gigantic order: Until September, DB Schenker will be transporting a total of 100,000 tons with 400,000 cbm of freight to Egypt for Siemens AG, which is building one of the largest gas-fired power stations in the world. Burullus is the site of one of three Siemens power stations. Powered by natural gas, each plant has a capacity of 4.8 gigawatts, which will be generated by eight Siemens gas turbines and four steam turbines. This technology has been selected for its high efficiency.

The individual components include turbines, generators, transformers, and boilers, with single weights up to almost 500 tons. Each of the three power stations requires 248 of these massive components in total.
The heavy components from Europe and the USA are shipped straight to the Burullus fishing port. Parts from Asia arrive first at the port of Alexandria by ocean-going ship. There, they are reloaded onto smaller coasters which can access the port at Burullus, some 80 kilometers away, thanks to their smaller draft.

DB Schenker undertook the necessary preparation work to ensure the massive components could be unloaded at Burullus harbor: Its depth had to be increased to 5.50 meters and a pier needed reinforcement, while access routes and facilities for temporary storage had to be constructed. A 600 ton crane was installed to discharge the individual components to low-bed trailers. The port at Burullus is just 16 kilometers from the construction site.

All three power stations are going on stream successively already since the end of 2016.

(Source: DB)