Middle East & Africa: Consumption
Egypt has been forced to diversify its power generation mix away from gas despite its growing production of the fuel.
In July, Egypt’s Orascom Construction signed a contract to build the 650 MW Walideya steam turbine power plant, but so far no startup date has been provided. The plant will be dual-fuel – capable of burning gas and fuel oil. The country already has two other similar projects lined up – the 330 MW capacity Mahmoudya project, expected to come online this year, and the 1.95 GW South Helwan project, due in 2018. In addition, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved financing for 16 solar PV plants in Egypt with a total capacity of 750 MW. No startup schedule has been provided for the solar projects either.