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CAIRO – 4 November 2018: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met with the board of directors of the Chinese consortium Shanghai Electric and Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), where they reviewed developments in the construction of Red Sea governorate's Hamrawein's coal-fired power plant.
Madbouly met with the consortium officials on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the China International Import Expo 2018 will kick off on Monday Nov. 5 in the commercial hub of Shanghai. The week-long expo has been attended by about 3,000 companies from 130 countries.
The plant is estimated to cost some $4.2 billion, and is set to generate 6,000 megawatts using clean coal technology, which is a collection of technologies aiming to reduce negative impact of coal energy generation on the environment. The Hamrawein's plant is set to be the largest coal-fired power plant in the Middle East and Africa.
The consortium officials told Madbouly that the emissions from the station will be completely safe. They also invited a delegation from the Egyptian ministries of electricity and environment to visit China and see stations similar to Hamrawein's.
The officials said they are keen to establish a station as to be a model for the whole world, not only Egypt.
For his part, Madbouly, who also serves as Egypt's housing minister, called on the officials to reduce the time set to construct the power plant, which is funded by China, to 3 years. "In case any obstacles face you, tell me and I will remove them," Madbouly stated. The power plant was expected to take 7 years to be constructed.
Former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said in May that the construction of the power plant comes as part of a plan to diversify sources of energy in Egypt and upgrade the efficiency of stations that use gas to perform combined cycles.