Representatives of JICA and Egypt's Ministry of Electricity during the ceremony on Monday, May 31, 2021.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced the completion of 80 percent of the Al-Atf and Sidi Krir Power Plants Upgrade project, as well as the conclusion of the new Long-Term Service and Supply Agreement for three power stations in Middle Delta, West Delta, and North Cairo, executed by Mitsubishi Power.
In mid 2019, completion of the rehabilitation of Cairo North Power Plant was also realised under the same project, while full completion of Sidi-Krir and Al-Atf is targeted in November 2021.
This effort comes under the framework of the Electricity Sector’s Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, which is financed by the JICA with an amount totaling around $400 million for the power plant projects, including upgrades increasing the plants’ output, improving their power generation efficiency, and reducing facility downtime.
On this occasion, the JICA held a ceremony on Monday, which was attended by Gaber Dessouki, chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, on behalf of Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker; Ambassador of Japan to Egypt NOKE Masaki; as well as the CEO of Mitsubishi Power Europe. Carlos Peton.
The attendees also included representatives from West Delta Electricity Production Company, which operates the Sidi Krir complex as a subordinate of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, and officials from the competent Egyptian authorities.
The project is expected to recover the installed capacity of the existing thermal power plants and reduce greenhouse emissions through upgrading the equipment of the existing thermal power plants and the provision of spare parts, and thereby, contribute to the stability of electricity supply and economic and social development and climate change mitigation in Egypt.
“Rehabilitation and improvement of the existing plants is regarded as preferable, since it often requires less time and is more cost-effective than the construction of new power plants,” said Dessouki.
JICA Chief Representative Omura Yoshifumi highlighted that the Al-Atf and Sidi Krir plants, which were implemented by Mitsubishi Power back in 2009, are still functioning with good condition, where they could achieve a 17.5 percent power increase and enhanced efficiency through this project.
“This is also proof of the sustainability and reliability of Japanese technology which we are proud of,” he added.
Yoshifumi also emphasised that this project adds to the success stories the JICA has with the government of Egypt and the record of Japan’s cooperation in this crucial sector, which has realised great advancement, reform, and stability under the leadership of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
He also shared the JICA’s aspiration for further strengthening cooperation in the future.