CAIRO: About 21,000 megawatts of solar and wind-generated power will have been added to Egypt’s national grid by 2018, Youm7 reported Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker Tuesday.
“By 2030, consumption of fuel-general power will decrease from 90 to 40 percent in line with the [ministry’s] plan to reduce dependence on fuel and to shift to other energies, Shaker said at the Egyptian-European Business Council.
Despite criticism by environmental advocates, Shaker emphasized that the ministry seeks to expand the field of coal power, saying that it “bears no harm on the environment.”
Per an agreement between Egypt and Russia, a nuclear plant in Dabaa, northeast of the country, will be inaugurated in 2022.
Egypt has also opened a number of renewable energy plants recently, including three solar power plants of five-megawatt capacity each in Wadi Gedid in the Western Desert in January.
The Electricity Ministry said in October that 6,900 homes in Upper Egypt, namely Siwa, Luxor, Qena and Aswan, have already been outfitted with solar panels funded by a $140 million grant from the United Arab Emirates, Youm7 reported.
In August, the ministry signed 56 memoranda of understanding to build wind- and solar- powered power plants with capacity of 4300 megawatts, Youm7 reported Saturday.