CAIRO: The Ministry of Electricity plans to add 73,000 megawatts of electricity in capacity by 2027 to reach 97,000 megawatts, compared to current 23,000 megawatt, Al-Mal Business daily reported.
In its developmental plan, the ministry is exploiting and including other sources for electricity generation such as wind, solar, gas plants, steam, hydro cycle generators, coal, and nuclear energy.
“The Ministry of Electricity seeks to execute the expansion plan for electricity to overcome the current electricity supply shortage, to meet the citizens’ growing needs totaling at seven percent and increasing annually, exploiting Egypt’s new and renewable energy sources, and providing more quantities of oil products,” the ministry’s planning and research sector first undersecretary Mohammed Musa Omran said.
In its developmental plan, the ministry will start by setting and finishing wind and solar plants as urgent solutions for the current electricity shortage. The ministry is executing a number of wind plants at the Suez Gulf, Oil Gulf, and Nile River banks.
Steam and hydro cycle generators are scheduled to generate about 61 percent of generated electricity, coal at 13 percent, wind stations at 11 percent, nuclear energy at 5 percent, solar plants at 4 percent, gas stations at 3 percent, and hydro generators at 2 percent.
The 61 percent of the steam and hydro cycle generators of the development project will amount at 32,016 megawatt, coal will generate 13 megawatts, wind stations will generate 10,556 megawatts, nuclear energy will generate 4,950 megawatts, solar plants will generate 3,700 megawatts, gas stations will generate 3,300 megawatts, and hydro cycles will generate 2,832 megawatts.
The ministry will focus its efforts to finish the plan as fast as possible to overcome the current electricity shortage and to exploit the wasted renewable sources, head of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency Hafez Salmawy said.
New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is addressing international financiers to fund the Suez Gulf wind plants with a total capacity of 200 megawatts daily, NREA executive manager Shaaban Khalaf announced Monday.
Besides the will-established wind plants at the Suez Gulf, Egypt has two major wind plants in Zafranah region on the Red Sea coast.
For the past few months, Egypt suffered a large deficit in electricity supply and frequent power cuts. They caused national uproar due to the lack of fuel, overconsumption, and the shortage of plants, Salmawy previously told The Cairo Post.
The available capacity of the 52 electricity stations in Egypt amounts to 27,000 megawatts, he said, but the total consumption of citizens even during ration hours are between 28,000 and 28,500 megawatts.