8 Jan 2002 – The Sudanese capital of Khartoum is to have its first privately built and operated power station it was announced today. The 257 MW plant will cost $277m and will supply electricity to the private sector when it is completed in 2004.

The contract for the plant has gone to the Malaysian Ikhtisas company on a “build, operate, transfer (BOT)” basis and will become the property of the Sudanese Electricity Commission after 25 years operation.

The commission’s chairman Awad al-Makkawi said the commission will buy electricity from the station in advance and will start first in al-Khartoum and then other Sudanese provinces by the end of 2003.

The project is part of the plans by the Sudanese Ministry of Energy and Mining to sign agreements with international companies to increase power generation to meet the existing shortage of supply.