Egypt adds 3,600 MW to national grid

Egypt has inaugurated eight power stations, adding more than 3,600 megawatts to the national electricity grid at a total cost of $2.7 billion.

Speaking during the inauguration Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that the mega projects are geared towards providing adequate power supply to the rising population of Egypt.

The projects, several of which entered service throughout the past year, include the Upper Egypt West Assiut power station that has a production capacity amounting to 1,000 megawatts.

The West Assiut power station was constructed by a consortium led by General Electric at a cost of $776.5 million and began operations in two phases in May and August 2015, the media office at the electricity ministry told Ahram Online.

As the summer approaches this year, Egyptians are dreading what has become frequent over the past few years — power outages — that have not only hit households but also the production capacity of energy intensive industries.

Since he took office in 2014, El-Sisi has pledged to solve the energy crisis, through the construction of power stations, the import of liquefied natural gas and solving the energy sector problems.

Egypt’s production capacity was 32,015 megawatts by June 2014, according to electricity ministry statistics.

Sisi says his government is committed towards ensuring that all the public and private sectors receive the power needed to develop the national.

The president added that he is looking into getting more development agencies to help the country develop in terms of infrastructure to tackle the sing demand from the rising population in the country.

Sisi also assured that the already commenced projects will end on time as the funds for the same have been allocated.