Benban Solar Project biggest in the world: Min.
CAIRO – 4 July 2018: Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker announced on Tuesday that the ongoing Benban Solar Project will be the biggest in the world.
Shaker added during a meeting with the Parliament's Energy and Environment Committee's meeting that that total production capacity of the project might reach 2,000 megawatts.
The $3.5 billion project, located in Aswan’s village of Benban, has a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts. Aswan was chosen to host the mega project due to its perfect solar location.
Benban’s solar power project is considered to be one of the largest solar generation facilities in the world. The project’s purpose is to contribute to Egypt’s energy self-sufficiency.
Egypt has been pumping in billions of pounds to meet the dramatic increase in power demand by upgrading, modernizing and expanding its power infrastructure and networks.
The project would create around 20,000 job opportunities over four years, with priority to city’s inhabitants.
A total of 39 local and international developers were chosen by the Egyptian government to start solar power plants in Benban after they had met the first round of the government’s requirements.
Egypt’s national strategy targets to bring the contribution of electricity from renewable energy to 20 percent by 2022.
Previously, Engineer Mohamed Amara, Project Manager of Infinity Station at Benban solar park, Aswan, told Egypt Today that there are currently some 650 workers at the station, which has started operating December 2017. Amara pointed out that the technological system used in the production of energy works to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide.
Amara also explained that the advanced technology is set to ensure that the systems continuously follow the sun, meaning that the most amount of energy will be collected.
Amara further revealed that the company has agreed with the Ministry of Electricity to work on the plant and benefit from it for 25 years.
The Benban solar park is set to generate the equivalent of 90 percent of the energy produced by Aswan’s High Dam.
CAIRO - 13 March 2018: Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker attended today the launch of Benban solar plant's operation. The first of 32 stations in the world's largest solar power station, Infinity station is the first station in the Benban solar park.
The High Dam, built across the Nile in Aswan, powers twelve generators, each rated at 175 megawatts, with a total generation of 2.1 gigawatts. It has been generating power since 1967.
The Benban project began in 2015 and is set to be completed by 2018.
CAIRO - 25 June 2018: About 1450 megawatts (MW) of solar energy from power plants in Benaban project in Aswan Governorate will be linked to the national electricity network during the first quarter of 2019, an official source at the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy said.