Govern­ment looks to ap­point con­sul­tant to study us­ing sur­plus elec­tric­ity for water de­sali­na­tion

The Daily News Egypt - - Business - By Mo­hamed Farag

The govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing ap­point­ing a con­sul­tant to study the fea­si­bil­ity of ex­ploit­ing sur­plus en­ergy pro­duc­tion in the con­struc­tion of de­sali­na­tion plants.

Govern­ment sources told Daily News Egypt that the to­tal ca­pac­ity pro­duced from the elec­tric­ity grid is 42,000 MW and will in­crease to 50,000 MW by the end of July. The ex­pected sur­plus is 18,000 MW.The list of com­pa­nies to be con­sid­ered in­cludes Le­maire Con­sul­tants & As­so­ciates, Fis­cher Con­sult­ing, Tractebel, DNV GL, EDF En­ergy, Black & Veatch, and Wor­leyPar­sons.

The cho­sen com­pany will be re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing de­tailed fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for the es­tab­lish­ment of sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plants and ex­ploit­ing sur­plus elec­tric­ity in op­er­at­ing these sta­tions. It will also de­ter­mine the pro­posed lo­ca­tions and the costs and the quan­ti­ties of water ex­pected to be pro­duced.

The govern­ment aims to ex­pand the con­struc­tion of water de­sali­na­tion plants in the coastal gov­er­norates to cover the in­creas­ing con­sump­tion of fresh water and to seek new re­sources.The aim is to pro­duce 1m cu­bic me­tres of de­sali­nated sea­wa­ter within three years.

The Egyp­tian Elec­tric­ity Hold­ing Com­pany (EEHC) has de­vel­oped a strat­egy to deal with ex­cess elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion, a “re­volv­ing re­serve,” which means that a large num­ber of sta­tions and pro­duc­tion units work at half of their ca­pac­ity in or­der not to waste elec­tric­ity pro­duced, while main­tain­ing other units. The ca­pac­ity pro­duced af­ter these pro­ce­dures must meet con­sump­tion needs.

It also seeks to halt old sta­tions which have been in op­er­a­tion for over 30 years com­pletely, given that pro­duc­tion will in­crease af­ter the three Siemens plants be­come op­er­a­tional.

The govern­ment is also con­sid­er­ing the con­struc­tion of elec­tric trains to ex­ploit the large en­ergy ca­pac­ity ex­pected to be gen­er­ated. In Fe­bru­ary, the Egyp­tian prime min­is­ter dis­cussed the project with Siemens.

In the com­ing pe­riod, the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity is seek­ing to strengthen trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion net­works to ac­com­mo­date all elec­tri­cal ca­pac­i­ties and di­ver­sify the sources of pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially as Egypt aims to pro­duce 47% of to­tal en­ergy from re­new­able sources by 2030.

The to­tal ca­pac­ity pro­duced from the elec­tric­ity grid is 42,000 MW

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