Egypt Completes Smaller Power Plants Amid Major Capacity Hike

Local firms are taking major roles in Egypt’s massive power generating capacity expansion. While a host of new megaprojects has been announced recently, smaller projects already under development are being connected to the grid.

Orascom Construction is starting new generating units at power plants under development before Egypt’s recent flurry of powergen contracts, and at a time when the Ministry Electricity and Renewable Energy is pushing to expand capacity to meet an anticipated rise in peak summer time consumption.

Local firm Orascom completed a 375MW first phase of a power plant at Assiut that will have 1GW total capacity when fully operational. The company is also building a new 500MW plant at West Damietta. It says it intends to connect up a further 625MW combined at the two sites by 1 July. Orascom says it has also connected a 300MW second phase of a power plant at 6th of October City.


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