Egypt earmarks coal power for greater contribution

Egypt plans to develop its coal-fired power capacity significantly over the next 15 years.
Cairo and Pyramids
While the country currently has no coal-fired power plants, plans are afoot for the sector to be built up to the extent that it contributes 15 per cent of the country’s power generation by 2030, making it second only to gas-fired power in share.

Mohamed Salah el-Sobki, executive chairman, New & Renewable Energy Authority (Nrea), à‚ made comments to that effect at the Egypt Energy Investment Summit in Cairo on Wednesday.

El-Sobki revealed that the planned installed capacity for power generation in Egypt by 2030 is:à‚ 


  • à‚· Natural gas and dual fuel oil: 49 per cent
  • à‚· Coal: 15 per cent
  • à‚· Wind: 10 per cent
  • à‚· PV (photovoltaic) solar: 10 per cent
  • à‚· CSP (Concentrating solar power): 6 per cent
  • à‚· Nuclear: 4 per cent
  • à‚· Hydro: 3 per cent
  • à‚· Simple cycle:3 per cent

If the proposed targets are achieved, it would represent a significant depletion in the use of natural gas and dual fuel oil for power generation, with gas and oil currently contributing 70 per cent of fuel for power generation in Egypt.

Meed reports that when amalgamated, renewable energy is planned to contribute 29 per cent of Egypt’s power production by 2030. The largest proportion of this is planned to come from wind, 10 per cent, with PV and CSP solar contributing 10 and 6 per cent respectively. Hydo-power is planned to contribute 3 per cent of the total power generation capacity.

Following the approval of coal for power generation in 2014, in March 2015 agreements were signed for about 19 GW ofà‚ coal-fired projectsà‚ at theà‚ Egypt Economic Development Conferenceà‚ (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh. At the event, the electricity ministry outlined plans to award contracts for 12.5GW of coal-fired power plants by 2022.

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