EGYPT: JICA celebrates power sector results

2 JULY 2021: The Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA,  recently celebrated 80% completion of El Atf and Sidi Krir Power Plants Upgrade as well the conclusion of the new Long-Term Service and Supply Agreement for 3 Power Stations in Middle Delta, West Delta and North Cairo by Mitsubishi Power.

During mid-2019, completion of the rehabilitation of Cairo North Power Plant was also realised, while full completion of work at Sidi-Krir and El-Atf is targeted for November.

This achievement comes under the frame work of the $400million Electricity Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, financed by JICA  for improvements at  the above mentioned three power plants including upgrades increasing the plants’ output, boosting power generation efficiency, and reducing facility downtime.

The ceremony was attended by Gaber Dessouki, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company

NOKE Masaki

and NOKE Masaki, Japan’s Ambassador to Egypt well as Carlos Peton, CEO of Mitsubishi Power Europe. 

Carlos Peton

The project will play an important role in Egypt’s energy production. It is expected to recover the installed capacity of the existing thermal power plants while also reducing greenhouse emissions through upgrading the equipment of the existing thermal power plants and provision of spare parts,  thereby, contributing significantly to the stability of the national electricity supply, as well as to economic and social development and climate change mitigation in Egypt.

Gaber Dessouki

Dessouki said that the Rehabilitation and improvement of the existing plants is regarded as a useful means since it often requires less time and is more cost-effective than construction of new power plants. He hailed the fruitful cooperation with JICA along many years.

JICA Chief Representative, Omura Yoshifumi highlighted that El-Atf and Sidi Krir projects which were implemented by Mitsubishi Power back in 2009 are still functioning with good condition where they could achieve 17.5% power increase and enhanced efficiency through this project.

Omura Yoshifumi

This is also a witness of the sustainability and reliability of Japanese technology which we are proud of.

Yoshifumi emphasised that this project adds to the success stories JICA has implemented with the cooperation of the Egyptian government. He went on to share JICA’s aspiration for further strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the future.