Construction of “Rades C” Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Tunisia officially started


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-the-art, 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.