Egypt’s power generation set for Japanese boost

Marubeni building

Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has signed loans on Egyptian projects worth a total of about $477m during Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s visit to Tokyo.

The investment is set to benefit the country’s power generation and distribution infrastructures.
In the electricity sector, Jica is to lend $219m to Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) to improve efficiency in transmission and distribution inà‚ North Cairo, Alexandria and North Delta. It is also providing $99m of project finance for a 20 MW solar projectà‚ with storage in Hurghada.

In addition developer Marubeni is to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to carry out a feasibility study for a 4,000 MW $3.5bn coal-fired power plant, according to Japan’sà‚ English-language business journal Nikkei Asian Review. Itochu plans to sign an MoU to supply coal for the plant.

Mitsubishi Corporation is also expected to sign an MoU for a 1,300 MW gas combined-cycle power facility.

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