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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.
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