Egypt builds its energy system
EGYPT has more than $100 billion in power provision projects under study or in the planning stage, gearing the North African country to meet its energy requirements in the decades ahead.
The $14 billion Al Negila Nuclear Power Plant was announced in 2016, with the contract expected in November 2026. The project has a 10-year construction schedule. Once completed, the plant will bring 2,800 MegaWatt of power online. The Egypt Electricity Holding Company is also investing in the 17 solar-powered desalination plants worth $2.5 billion and a $4 billion green hydrogen project.
Among the ongoing power-based projects is the $2.75 billion Euro-Africa Interconnection. The project aims at connecting the grids of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece through a subsea Direct Current (DC) cable. It will have onshore converter stations along the connection points with 2,000 MegaWatt capacity. The energy highway, being built in two phases, bridges Africa and Europe, straddles 1,396 kilometres. It will create an alternative route to transferring energy to and from Europe.
On a broader scale is the $28.7 billion El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant. In July, the government announced construction would begin next year with the project calling for the design, construction and operation of a 4,800 MegaWatt nuclear power plant in Dabaa district. The plant will have four VVER-1,200 pressurised water reactors.
Under construction is the $2 billion Egypt waste-to-energy plant capable of processing 600-1,100 tons daily. The plant will generate electricity or gas and segregate solid organic waste (plastic and aluminium) for biogas earmarked for different sectors. The organic waste will constitute 65% of the total waste directed to the recycling plants.
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