The Ministry of Electricity has formed an agreement with the Ministry of Petroleum which included providing alternative fuels to power plants and building natural gas stations, which will provide between 80m and 120m cubic feet of gas per day.
Head of the Egyptian Electric Holding Company Gaber El-Desouky said that if private sector companies are permitted to import fuel and cement factories operate using coal, this will render the gas consumed by such factories available for conversion for use by power plants.
He added that the available capacity in the electricity grid is sufficient for meeting the maximum requirements of citizens during the coming summer.
El-Desouky added that the electricity sector is prepared to meet the increased electricity load during the current period and next summer. It currently has a capacity surpassing 31,000 MW and is expected to increase the capacity by 3,000 MW during the coming months. The Ministry of Electricity aims to increase the current capacity of 200 MW of wind power to 40 MW per month. The total capacity of the electricity sector is expected to surpass 34,000 MW next summer.
He pointed out that the sector is expected to reach maximum electricity load during the coming summer, a total of 28,500 MW.
The electricity sector currently operates at 86% of its capacity, while maintenance and operating deficiencies account for the remaining 14%.
He noted that all state ministries are obligated to use solar cells on the roofs of buildings, which generate power for lighting purposes, allowing for the decrease of fuel consumption, thus increasing the capacity of the electricity network.
Translated from Al-Borsa newspaper