Egypt’s New CCGTs Take Pressure Off Power Generators

Completion of three megaprojects boosts Egypt’s total powergen capacity by more than a third. Cairo is finding success in funding renewables, coal and nuclear capacity.

The completion of three 4.8GW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants by Siemens and local contractors Orascom and Elsewedy has provided a massive boost to Egypt’s power generating capacity.

MEES calculations suggest that, assuming a 10% decline in available conventional capacity since state generator EEHC’s last official capacity estimate for mid-2016, plus additional renewables capacity, the three new plants take Egypt’s installed generating capacity close to 50GW (see table).

This is two-thirds higher than 2017’s record peak power load, with demand topping 30GW for the first time last July. With such a comfortable excess, EEHC can now afford to shut down some older and more inefficient power plants, at least for the foreseeable future. (CONTINUED - 827 WORDS)


chart Egypt Current Installed Powergen Capacity (GW)
table Egypt’s Power Capacity Expansion Projects