Eng Gamal Abd al Rehem, chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Mohammad Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, attended the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement with the government of Egypt for three solar photovoltaic power plants in Benban under round 2 of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) programme in the presence of H E Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr Sherif Ismail; H E Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed al Qattan; the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker and other ministry leaders.
The projects, which are located in the Aswan Province in Benban, will have capacity to generate 67.5 MWp, 70 MWp and 28 MWp individually, and have an estimated investment value of US$ 190mn. The projects are expected to achieve financial close and commence construction by Q4 2017. Once the projects start operations in 2018, they will power 80,000 houses while saving around 156,000 tons of CO2 a year.
The Government of Egypt and the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MoERE) have set a target of 20 per cent of its energy generation from renewable sources by 2022. The feed-in tariff programme aims to secure an initial generation of 2,000MW of solar capacity and 2,000MW of wind capacity.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Mohamed Shaker said: “Today the Egyptian government has taken another step toward sustainable and enduring energy security through working towards a balanced energy mix. Under the leadership of H E President Abdel Fattah el Sissi, the country has set ambitious renewable targets through the FiT Programme that not only reflect our needs at present but also safeguard us for the future.”
Dr Shaker added, “Energy projects are long-term by nature, and by selecting ACWA Power, we have partnered with a developer who is keen to invest in several energy infrastructure projects in Egypt. With the Benban projects, ACWA Power is coming on board as an investor, as well as a developer, and that commitment reflects its continued confidence in Egypt’s political stability and economic viability.”
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