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Egypt Opens 3 Power Plants to Tackle Power Cuts

Egypt Opens 3 Power Plants to Tackle Power Cuts

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 - 18:45
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. (Reuters)
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Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi opened on Tuesday three new power plants to address the country’s acute power shortages.

The new projects initiated in 2015 are part of an 8 billion euro deal to supply gas and wind power plants to boost electricity generation by 50 percent.

The stations were built at a total cost of 6 billion euros ($7 billion) as part of the Arab country’s development drive.

Attending the unveiling of the gas-powered station in the administrative capital, a new city being built as the future government seat east of Cairo, Sisi praised Egypt’s ability to meet the electricity needs of the country’s population of nearly 100 million.

“Today is a day of hope,” Sisi said. “We have come a long way in one of the most important elements of building and development in the state.”

The 4,800 megawatt (MW) plant was one of two built in a joint venture between Siemens and Egypt’s Orascom Construction, Orascom said in a statement, adding that the second project at Burrulus, in the Nile Delta, had generation capacity of 9,600 MW.

Sisi also unveiled a third gas-powered power station in Beni Suef, 110 kms (68 miles) south of Cairo. That plant also has capacity of 4,800 MW, sufficient to cover the needs of 15 million people, according to the state-run al-Ahram newspaper.

Sisi also opened one of the world’s largest wind farms, built at a cost of 12 billion Egyptian pounds ($673 million). State media said the Gebel el-Zeit station, located in the Red Sea province, has capacity of 580 MW.

Egypt aims to meet 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2022 and up to 40 percent by 2035. Renewable energy currently covers only about 3 percent of Egypt’s needs.

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