Minister: Ain Sokhna station adds 650MW to Egypt’s electricity grid on Thursday

Electricity Minister Mohammad Shaker said that the second unit of the Ain Sokhna power station will begin the trial operation on Thursday with a capacity of 650 MW.

The Ain Sokhna power station is comprised of two thermal units, with a capacity of 650 MW each. The first unit has connected to the national grid in August.

Shaker pointed out that the Ain Sokhna power station, which operates with natural gas and diesel, is part of the government’s 2012-2017 five-year plan to meet all electricity needs of different sectors.

"The operational time of the plan has been delayed several times due to the instable security situation of the country," he added.

The minister added that the total investment cost of the project in LE9.6 billion.

Participating organizations in the fund are the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which contributed US$600 million, African Development Bank ( US$450m), the Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (US$194.6m)  and $106m from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

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