Egypt Eyes 11.6GW Of Coal-Fired Power, Easing Pressure On Gas Supplies

Egypt is firming up plans for a fourth big coal-fired plant: capacity under study is now 11.6GW. Reduced reliance on gas for powergen increases the chance of Cairo hitting its target of gas self-sufficiency from 2020.

Egypt has added another big coal-fired power plant to its list of projects under study. Four preliminary deals are now in place to develop a total 11.62GW of coal-fired capacity, all near ports where coal handling facilities could be built.

These four plants would enable Egypt to displace 1.3bn cfd of future gas demand. But Egyptian gas demand is set to rise strongly nonetheless, given 19.8GW of gas-fired capacity under construction, which will necessitate at least 2.3bn cfd.

The latest coal MOU was last week signed by state generator Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) with Egypt’s Elsewedy Electric and Japan’s Marubeni for the 4GW West Matrouh plant to be built 240km west of Alexandria.


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