CAIRO – 24 July 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived Tuesday in the New Administrative Capital to inaugurate four national megaprojects in the electricity sector.
The projects include three giant power plants carried out by the German company, Siemens, in the New Administrative Capital, Beni Suef, and Burullus with a total capacity of 14400 megawatts, or about 50 percent of the electricity grid, in addition to the world’s biggest Gabal al-Zeit wind station.
The wind power plant in Gabal El-Zeit consists of three projects, including 390 wind turbines, with a capacity of 580 megawatts (MW).
Below is a link to the live streaming of the inauguration ceremony
“Gabal El-Zeit power plant is the largest station in the world in terms of area, number of turbines and capacities generated from the plant,” Manager of the plant Osama Noman said earlier.
As per Beni Suef station, it’s built on an area of 500,000 cubic meters. The project consists of four blocks (cycle vehicle) and each cycle produces 1200 MW, bringing the total output of the plant 4800 MW, each block contains 2 gas turbines and 2 boilers to restore energy and steam turbine.
Beni Suef station contributes by around 20 percent of the total electricity bound to the national network of electricity, especially as it operates with the highest generation efficiency of the world up to 60 percent.
Egypt’s national strategy targets to bring the contribution of electricity from renewable energy to 20 percent by the year 2022.
Moreover, Burullus station, which exists on a land of 250 feddans, will pump 4800 megawatts on Egypt’s electricity grid.
On March 2, 2017, Sisi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel inaugurated the first phase of the Burullus station via video with a capacity of 1600 megawatts.
On June 12, Egypt cut its electricity subsidies, raising prices by an average of 26 percent in the 2018-2019 fiscal year beginning July.
According to Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker, the overall increase does not exceed 26 percent, while the average hikes in bills for households amount to 24 percent.
The minister also affirmed that the new hikes save the country from potential losses that might reach LE 109 billion.
At the eventful Egypt Economic Development Conference in March 2015, major international companies and financial institutions pledged support for Egypt, including Germany’s Siemens, which later signed an €8 billion contract to build three 4,800MW combined cycle gas-fired plants in Egypt, each with eight units.
The projects, located in Ain Sokhna, Burullus and the New Administrative Capital, are being implemented on an EPC + Finance basis.
Elsewedy is the main contractor of the Beni Suef power plant, while Orascom is working on the Burullus and New Capital projects.