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Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity has massively hiked its power capacity development plans in a bid to keep pace with rising demand. 20GW of freshly-announced coal-fired capacity as well as 4.3GW of renewables are part of a push to reduce dependence on Egypt’s stretched gas supplies.
Egypt has over the past 10 days announced plans for an additional 24.3GW of incremental power generation capacity – 20GW of coal and 4.3GW of renewables. This comes in addition to 4.33GW of gas and oil-fired plants under development, 4GW of planned nuclear capacity and 3GW of previously-announced new coal-fired plant.
Total planned and under-construction power capacity is now a whopping 35.6GW, a figure which if achieved would more than double current capacity, the bulk of which burns gas.
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