The Daily News Egypt

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

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

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