CAIRO: The Ministry of Electricity will construct a steam power plant to produce up to 2,250 megawatts in Port Said, a ministry official source told Al-Mal newspaper Monday.
The initial cost of the project is expected to reach 15 billion EGP, the source said and that it will consist of three steam units.
The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company is currently seeking to negotiate with Arab funds and international funding bodies to provide the necessary funding for the project and that the West Delta electric production company will own the station.
Media outlets reported early July that 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 megawatts.
The project is expected to start in the feasibility study of Port Said project during the current year of 2014 to start the procedures of implementing the project in 2017/2022.
The source said the Ministry of Electricity seeks to finish South of Hilwan station, which will produce 1,950 megawatts and Dirout station, which will produce 2,250 megawatts. They seek to produce more than 97,000 megawatts until 2022, according to the ministry’s strategy that includes increasing 73,200 megawatts.
The power crisis is soon going to be under control by using alternatives, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a statement said during a tour in Qena governorate Monday.
The government is going to pump 1,800 megawatts of electricity in the networks while simultaneously searching for alternatives such as solar energy and wind to generate electricity, Al-Ahram reported Monday.
Mahlab denied in an official statement that he determined a specific date of when the crisis will end, as other statements reported by different newspapers that Mahlab assured Monday during his tour that the crisis will end within 45 days.
EGX board member and chairperson of Arabeya Online Brokerage Hisham Tawfiq said Tuesday he would take public shares of a new company that plans to produce up to 100 megawatts of solar power in the desert, Al-Ahram reported on July 9.
Head of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company Gaber al-Desouki told Youm7 on Tuesday that they finished maintenance programs for the power plant that produces 5,900 megawatts according to the plans set to avoid any damages during summer.
Ministry of Electricity spokesperson Mohamed al-Yamani said Monday on ONTV channel that the ministry will take several procedures to control the crisis of power outage within 45 days.
“We have a plan to produce 1,479 megawatts through wind power and 1,340 megawatts implemented by the Solar Energy Authority,” Al-Shorouk reported Yamani as saying.
Additional reporting by Rahma Ramadan.