Here’s how Egypt went from a deficit to an electricity surplus

The vice president of the New and Renewable Energy Authority in Egypt engineer Ihab Ismail said in an interview with Al-Arabiya today, Thursday, that Egypt suffered from a deficit in electricity production in 2014, due to the lack of natural gas, the obsolescence of stations and the lack of spare parts.

Ihab Ismail added that Egypt realized in that moment of the need to find a radical solution to the crisis, e in at that time 92% of electricity was generated using the traditional method, 1% from wind farms and 7% from water.

He explained that the necessary laws were enacted and at the same time contracts were issued for urgent plants for the production of electricity from natural gas. Power tariffs were issued to encourage the private sector in renewable energy projects, which helped to solve the crisis and provide a surplus.

The vice president of the authority indicated that Egypt aims to rely on renewable energy generation of 50% in 2035 instead of the traditional energy rate of 92% in 2014, reducing dependence on natural gas.

He added that despite the emergence of the Zohr field and the abundance of natural gas, it is not reliable as long as there are renewable energy sources, and therefore the government has decided to rationalize and prudent in adding capacity from traditional plants. in future, and increase the percentage of the contribution of renewable energies and the use of natural gas for other industrial purposes, which provides added value.

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